Not to be sniffed at

8 Dec 2020 03:03
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WHY not give your garden an aromatic makeover by filling it with fragrant flowers?

The key to designing a fragrant garden is to balance all the different elements - scents, shapes, foliage and flower colours.

And also keep in mind when each plant will be in bloom so that you have something of interest all year round.
And as many scented plants have Mediterranean origins, they like being in the sun.

It's also worth remembering that herbs such as mint, rosemary and thyme are beautifully fragrant and if you use them in cooking then it's a good idea to keep them close to the kitchen. They are really easy to keep, and grow better for being picked.

For stronger-smelling plants, find a place away from the house or building that gets early evening sun.

Jasmine is perfect for this as it has a sweet musky scent that grows stronger in the evening and makes sitting outside a joy.

Another fragrant climber is wisteria that blooms at various times during the spring as does the beautifully perfumed lilac and magnolia.

You might want to think about planting shrubs near borders or paths so that as you brush past them their scents are released.

Both lavender and nepeta (catmint) have aromatic leaves and are a great choice for edging as they have a sprawling growth habit.

Combining fragrances can produce an amazing mood enhancing outdoor space that also attracts wildlife such as bees and butterflies.

For a tranquil haven a mix of mild-scented flowers like lilac and rose can be the perfect choice, whilst for a calming and relaxing feel you could plant some chamomile, scented geraniums and roses as well.

To excite your senses jasmine, thyme and orange blossom make a lovely fragrant backdrop and you can guarantee year-round fragrance by adding aromatic foliage to the garden such as lavender, lemon verbena or scented geranium.

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