Fragrance in the Garden
Many people have gardens for the beauty, color, and of course for the fragrance. Fragrance, scientists have discovered, helps us relax, stay calm, healthy, and even helps us learn and retain what we learned. People have created gardens for aromatherapy, medicinal, perfumery, and culinary purposes for thousands of years. Many of us still do.
If you would like to add some more fragrance to your garden, here are some suggestions:
o Plant fragrant plants near your front door, either in the soil or in a pot. This is a wonderful welcome for your guests.
o Plant fragrant plants in pots on your porch or patio where you relax.
o Plant herbs near your walkway and as you brush them their aroma will bring a smile to your face.
Here are some suggestions of fragrant plants that grow well in this area:
o Chives, an onion aroma.
o Lemon balm, lovely citrus scented herb
o Heirloom iris, often reflect their colors, purple iris has the fragrance of grapes
o Jasmine (climber)
o Honeysuckle, fruited honeysweet scent (climber)
o Roses, check with your nursery for the heavily scented verities
o Sweet Alyssum, an inviting honey fragrance.
Gertrude Jekyll – very fragrant
Butterfly Bush – Butterflies love the fragrance
Four O’clock – Blooms late afternoon
Oregano – Fragrant herb
White Mist Flower
Carefree Beauty – Earth-Kind Rose, fragrant and easy to grow.
There are many more fragrant flowers, so stop at the Master Gardener Office for lists of these plants.