Whether your garden is cozy and cottage-style or manicured and orderly, a sweet scent will entice you to stop and breathe in its beauty. After all, a garden should engage all of your senses. “Texture, color and seasonality are all important concepts, but scent often is overlooked when designing a garden,” says Boyce Tankersley, director of living plant documentation at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “Fragrance adds an extra layer of richness to the landscape.” Even if you don’t have a huge yard, you still can indulge in the luxury of scented plants. Place them where they will be most appreciated such as in containers near your front door, along walkways where you’ll brush by them and release their sweetness, or near windows where you can pick up their scents on the breeze.
Try adding a few of these fragrant favorites to enhance your garden’s personality:
1. Sweet Alyssum
Tiny blooms on this delicate annual beckon to pollinators. Sweet alyssum looks lovely cascading from containers, window boxes and hanging baskets or tucked into a rock garden as a flowering ground cover. Likes full to part sun.
•Snow Princess: profuse white blooms all season long without deadheading
•Dark Knight: deep purple blooms pair well with other annuals in containers
This showy, vigorous perennial vine spills beautifully over a trellis or fence-line and pollinators love it, says Tankersley. Look for the native or newer types, which are not invasive like Japanese honeysuckle. Prefers full sun.
•Yellow honeysuckle: native variety which tolerates a variety of soils
•Scentsation: flowers from mid-spring to late summer, followed by bright red berries
“Every garden should have at least one rose,” says Tankersley. “They’re not as fussy as many people believe, and many newer roses also are highly selected for insect and disease resistance.” When selecting a plant, read the tags and look for those that specifically state that they’re scented, as some types have been bred more for form than fragrance. Blooms best in full sun.
•Mr. Lincoln: an old favorite in a striking scarlet red color with incredible scent
•Princesse Charlene de Monaco: a new scented rose with light apricot to pink double flowers
Phlox come in shades of pink, white, salmon, purples, red and bi-colors. Plant as part of a mixed border or in large swaths for impact, suggests Tankersley. Many types self-seed, so they’ll come back on their own next year. Give them plenty of air circulation so they won’t get powdery mildew. Most prefer full sun but will tolerate some shade in hotter climates.
•David: a pure white tall variety that’s especially fragrant
•Flame Pink: a compact hot pink type with an extra-long bloom time
5. Butterfly Bush
Sometimes called summer lilac, this sturdy little shrub in shades of white, pink, or purple withstands drought, blooms all season long, and attracts pollinators. They’re now available in dwarf varieties so they won’t overtake your garden, and newer types are not invasive. Set in borders or as mass plantings. Likes full sun.
•Lo & Behold Blue Chip Jr.: which grows just 18 to 30 inches tall to fit in smaller spaces
•Asian Moon: larger size with deep purple flowers that have orange throats
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