A garden full of colorful flowers is a sight to see, but without a few scented varieties the picture is not complete. When you grow fragrant flowers and plants you add an extra dimension to the garden which will increase your enjoyment to a great degree. Fortunately there are many plants you can grow to create a scented garden and this article by Kathy Vilim which I found on the Houzz website covers several ranging from vines and herbs to roses.
You can go beyond a visually appealing garden by tapping into another sense: the sense of smell. Scents can bring a feeling of familiarity, rekindle old memories and create new memories. There are many fragrant plants that you can incorporate to create a garden that friends will remember and that will make you feel at home. What types of plants to use? It depends on where you live and your available space.The extremely fragrant white flowers of confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides; USDA Zone 8; find your zone) bloom spring through summer.
1. Fragrant vines. Conserve garden space by growing vertically with vines. Vines can be trained up a trellis or left to cascade over a wall on the side of your garden. A trellis can be placed in many spots, but take time to consider its placement, as you will not want to move it once you train your vine.
Consider placing your trellis close to a spot where you like to relax ? maybe near where you like to have tea outside, do yoga or entertain. It?s best to keep fragrant vines away from cooking areas, as the fragrance may be too intense and overwhelm your meal.
Some beautiful choices for fragrant vines include climbing roses, honeysuckle and jasmine.English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ?Hidcote?, zones 5 to 9), a Mediterranean native, grows along a path in a Northern California garden.2. Herbs. For a world of fragrances, try growing herbs. Herbs can be planted in raised beds by the kitchen back door, among other places. This is a useful placement, as you can then pick them fresh for use while cooking. Some herbs release their scent when brushed up against; consider planting those near a garden path. If you plant herbs in containers, you?ll have the advantage of being able to bring them inside during winter to put in a sunny window.