If you are trying to give up chocolate then this is probably not for you, but if the idea of a chocolate fragrance in the garden appeals then read on. All the flowers on this list either have the dark brown coloring or the distinctive smell of this delicious treat. These ten plants that will make your garden smell like chocolate are described in an article which I found on the Garden Lovers Club website.
This spring, many people are planting what?s known as a ?Chocolate Garden.? Sounds like something straight out of Willy Wonka?s factory, right?
Well, it?s a beautiful reality. There are fragrant flowers, and edible flowers, but everyone seems to forget that there are a wealth of?chocolate scented flowers out there! (And some of them are even edible too, as a bonus.)
Before you start buying and planting all the varieties of plants out there with ?chocolate? in the name, remember that not all of these will smell like cocoa.
If you?re worried that planting chocolate plants will net you an unremarkable, dull garden, take heart.Each chocolate plant in this guide has a unique look, size, and color that will ensure your garden stays varied, beautiful, and above all, fragrant.
Let?s take a look at some of the prettiest chocolate scented flowers around! Remember, some of these beauties are edible too!
1. Carolina Allspice
Carolina Allspice is a southeastern native shrub that blooms spring through summer and turns a brilliant gold in the fall. Also known as sweet shrub, Carolina Allspice thrives in USDA zones 4-9 and grows to be, on average, 8 feet tall and up to 12 feet wide.?The bark, leaves, and blooms give off a spicy, fruity, and chocolatey scent that many people find very attractive. If you choose to buy one of these plants, find one that is in bloom so you can ensure you get one with the popular fragrance.
Plant Carolina Allspice in the spring or fall in well-drained soil. They love full or partial sun, and you do not need to fertilize the plant every year. This is a great plant to add to a garden where deer are a problem, as they are repellent to pests.
2. Chocolate Cosmos
Chocolate Cosmos, or Cosmos atrosanguineus, is a native of Mexico, although it is now extinct in the wild. The plant only survives through cultivation, and produces no viable seeds. Instead, it is propagated by the division of its tubers.
The lovely dark red to maroon flowers have a light chocolatey scent, and enjoy full or partial sun. The Chocolate Cosmos blooms from mid to late summer, and does best in zones 6-11, as it is frost-sensitive.
If you are in a temperate zone, the tubers should be dug up and stored in a frost-free store over the winter.
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