The pure pleasure of a fragrant breeze is irresistible. Match that with
beautiful blossoms and you’ve created an enchanting landscape.
Closely tied to memory, fragrant plants draw visitors again and again
to relive memories of happy occasions and romance. Place these beauties
where their lovely fragrance will draw foot traffic along a path or entryway,
greet visitors at the door, and entice visitors to linger in outdoor
sitting areas and near windows. Luckily there are plenty of choices to
keep your nose happy year round.
Gardenia jasminoides ‘Veitchii’ (G. augusta) – Spring/summer
fragrance. From May to November find the glossy, emerald-green leaves of ‘Veitchii’ covered
with intensely fragrant, velvety white flowers. This
prolific bloomer is a favorite in the garden and also valued as a cut flower.
Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ (Datura) – Summer/fall
fragrance. Enormous dangling orange-yellow trumpet flowers drip from Angel’s
Trumpet Gold to fill the summer night air with a delicious fragrance. The
dramatic display persists from late spring until autumn.
Jasminum polyanthum – Late
winter/spring fragrance. The beloved Pink Jasmine is a true “star” with
its abundance of fragrant star-shaped flowers that start as pink buds and
open to brilliant white. This evergreen, fast-climbing vine fills the garden
with its sweet redolent scent as early as February to happily chase away
the gloom of winter.
Daphne odora ‘Marginata’ (‘Aureo-marginata’) – Late
winter/early spring fragrance. The lovely Winter Daphne puts on her show
in late winter with nosegay clusters of pink buds that bloom to fragrant
white flowers against a backdrop of variegated foliage. This evergreen
shrub has a rounded form to about four feet tall and wide.
Syringa vulgaris ‘Lavender Lady’ – Spring
fragrance. The legendary scent of lilac is a sure sign of spring. ‘Lavender
Lady’ puts on a lavish springtime show of highly-fragrant lavender
blooms produced without winter chilling! Fast grower to 12 ft. tall by
6 ft. wide.
Osmanthus fragrans – Year-round
fragrance. The heavenly scent of Sweet Olive is valued for its powerful
apricot aroma from its deceptively small white flowers. This evergreen
tree or shrub is legendary for romance in its native China. Osmanthus blooms
heavily in spring and early summer and will continue to bloom sporadically
throughout the year.
Lonicera hildebrandiana – Spring/summer
fragrance. The Burmese Honeysuckle has sweetly fragrant 6 inch long flowers
that start white and become yellow at maturity and finally orange. This
is a quick-growing, evergreen vine that looks more like a sculptured tree
as it ages. This fragrant vine is especially suited to entryways.
Rosa ‘Double Delight’ – Summer/fall
fragrance. One of the best performing Hybrid Teas, the showy ‘Double
Delight’ is striking in the garden for its raspberry-tipped creamy
white petals and enticing spicy scent. Long, sturdy stems keep blooms
looking their best in the garden or in a vase. Petals age to a rich red
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence’ – Summer
fragrance. Breathe in and relax with lavender. Plant a swath of ‘Provence’ for
a fragrant hedge or meadow-like effect. What sets this lavender apart
are its tall 2 foot silver-gray spikes lined with purple blooms that start
in July and continue into fall.
Heliotropium arborescens ‘Black Beauty’ – Summer
fragrance. This Heliotrope has old-fashioned beauty with a twist. While
deep purple flowers and vanilla scent capture the attention, the dark-colored
leaves provide extra interest. Perfect for a butterfly garden.
Stephanotis floribunda (Marsdenia f.) – Late spring/summer fragrance. Madagascar Jasmine
is prized for its lasting waxy white flowers and intense fragrance. This
vine blooms heavily in June and through the summer. The blossoms are a
favorite in bridal bouquets, corsages and decorations.
Michelia champaca ‘Alba’ (M. a.) – Year-round fragrance.
The sweet strong fragrance of this tropical tree lasts all day and is
especially strong at night. The scent exudes from both the flowers and
leaves. It is the oil of this Michelia that is the essence of JOY, the
world’s most expensive perfume. The flowers bloom year round with
pure white or yellow-orange petals.