Growing a Perfumed Garden

There is nothing better than organizing and planting a perfumed garden. You might be wondering, "What kind of plants should I include?" I have recommended some plants that will work well in this type of garden. There is a wide variety available for your yard and garden, but I have chosen a few to suggest.

Sweet alyssum is always a winner. It is lovely, as well as having a sweet scent. A great bed of white alyssum looks like fluffy white foam. There is also the velvety violet variety which is especially vivid in the fall of the year. It provides a subtle contrast to a gray flagstone walk or an elegant edging for brilliant yellow chrysanthemums. Combine all this beauty with the warm smell of  honey, especially on warm sunny days. The tiny flowers are frost hardy and will linger long after other kinds of annuals have resigned from the garden.

We also have the pin cushion flower, the scabiosa. This is one of my favorites because of its beautiful lavender-blue color. It also comes in salmon,cream and a deep red-black. Most stores will carry only the soft blue ones. The giant imperials are tall with double ball-shaped flowers 2 1/2 to 3 inches across. The blossoms are made up of broad, wavy petals without the usual pincushion center. The dwarf doubles are pretty, compact, rounded, free-blooming with flowers that grow from 1 to 1 1/2 inches across.

Sweet sultans,centaurea moschata, is available in white, pink, rose , purple and an especially fragrant lemon yellow. You might want to add a section that has some nice smelling herbs as well.

Borders can be filled from June to September with these lovely varieties. Also, try the 18 inch drifts of upright Armeria, which smell like fresh raspberries and are the color of raspberry sherbet.

For more fragrance and beauty, consider snapdragons. Some of these are very fragrant, while others are there simply for their beauty. Be sure to read the descriptions of each if you plan to order them by mail or online.

As you may know, there are different kinds of odors that are not "sweet" as we normally think. Many  people also enjoy the strange aromatic odor of marigolds, daisies and nasturtiums. Nasturtiums come in many different colors and may be just what you are looking for. You can actually eat almost all parts of nasturtiums. The leaves are crisp and spicy and delicious in salads mixed with lettuce and other greens.

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