Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Scented Garden

You may have noticed that the three plants in the last “NEED” post are scented plants.

I have been working on a scented garden for six or seven years. The garden is about 10 feet wide by 35 feet long. The Daphne and Casablanca Lily will add their aroma to that garden. (The tuberose will perfume our deck.)
(Picture May 2006)
I’ve noticed that a lot of flowers in this garden are white. I like the white theme. It’s very restful. I don’t know if this is botanically correct but it seems to me that there are more fragrant white flowers than any other color. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

White blooms:

Sweet woodruff with the tiny white flowers serves as groundcover

White Lilacs bloom in May

Garden Phlox David tall white beauty adds to the summer aroma.

On a summer evening, Nicotiana Fragrant Cloud sends a slight perfume to only the most discerning noses.

The twinkling flowers of Sweet Autumn Clematis lightly scent the air in fall.

Sweet alyssum gives off a heavenly fragrance all summer long.

Other colors: In early spring hyacinths bloom. In April Sweet Shrub’s heady aroma fills this garden and beyond. Summer scent of Lavender Grosso brushes against strollers on the path.

Daphne will add some bones to the garden and add to the spring fragrance. Casablanca Lily will enhance the late summer perfume.
I can’t wait to sit in this garden with a cup of coffee and inhale.

(Note: Bat white-nose syndrome has been found in Pennsylvania caves. See February 27, 2008 post.)



Chandramouli S said...

Said true about White being fragrant. I accept with you. Most of the white flowers seem to have intoxicating fragrance! Nice post.

Marie said...


Thanks for the reply. Have you noticed any exceptional fragrance in a white rose? This is something I would like to look into.

Dreamybee said...

I think you are right about the lighter-colored flowers tending to have more scent. maybe the brighter colors don't require as much smell to attract pollinators. Your scent garden sounds wonderful, and with all those white plants, I bet it will make a nice moon garden too-you will be able to see all those white flowers by the light of the moon.

Marie said...


I guessed the same thing about white flowers. The bright and deep colors may not need as much scent to attract polinators.

I don't often get into the garden by moonlight. Usually, I'm too tired for even a short walk. The few times I've been out, I've been pleasantly surprised by this garden and the white blooms.