Regardless of your gardening style fragrance plays an important role in your garden. Entering a fragrant flower garden seems to lift your spirits, bring back memories and over all have a relaxing benefit.
Whether you garden in the shade or sun, in dry or wet conditions, to get the most of your fragrant garden your site will require some shelter. Generally the more sheltered the site the more the perfume of your plants will linger and therefor be stronger.
Planting fragrant garden flowers near the house is always a bonus. Planted near windows and doors, fragrance from flowers and climbing vines will drift into your home. For a bedroom consider honeysuckle as they give off their scent mainly at night. Keep a selection of fragrant herbs near your kitchen door for ease access.
Outdoor living areas benefit highly from fragrant flowers. On warm summer evenings many plants emit their perfumes to hang on the sultry air. Try planting nicotiana, stock, phlox, evening primrose or roses. Some plants also repel certain insect pests such as pennyroyal repels ants and scented geraniums mosquitoes.
Sitting areas under a pergola or arbor turn into enchanted seating when scented roses are climbing up and over the structures. This is one way to create that sheltered area where the fragrance of your plants will become trapped for your enjoyment.
Turn your paths into scented walkways. Edge your path with low growing plants such as pansies, thyme, chamomile or lavender. You will not be able to resist the temptation to crush a few flowers in your fingers as you pass by thus carrying the scent with you.
The added bonus to growing fragrant flowering plants is you can extend your enjoyment by bringing them indoors. Flowers can be picked fresh and placed in vases on your tables. You might want to dry leaves and flowers to fill sachets or to make potpourri. Highly fragrant flowers such as lavender works wonderfully for this, as do rose petals. Aromatic leaves might include sweet basil, lemon balm, mint, rosemary and thyme.
The attraction to different scents is a personal thing, so seek out those plants whose perfumes you enjoy and include them in your garden when ever you can.
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