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Growing Fragrant Gardens

Growing Fragrant Gardens

We often sequence flowering shrubs and perennials, creating a landscape that blooms from spring through fall. It’s exciting to know you can do the same with frangrant plants! With a little bit of forethought you can enjoy a luscious smelling garden all year long.


We open our windows around May and early June, before the air conditioning goes on. Therefore, it’s worth placing the earlier fragrant specimens near the house so you can fully appreciate them both inside and out.

  • Spring flowering bulbs like Puschkinia, Hyacinths, Daffodils, and Narcissus are a fresh welcome after winter.
  • The perennial Lily of the Valley is distinctive with its old-fashioned fragrance as well as the Siberian Wallflower with its bright yellow or orange flowers.

fragrant flowers

  • Annual, large-faced Pansies planted in pots or garden beds are also revitalizing.
  • The shrub, Dwarf Fragrant Viburnum, begins its performance in April and is followed in May by Burkwood and Fragrant Snowball Viburnum. These three varieties are all strongly scented and make a huge impact.
  • Rose Daphne, a broadleaf evergreen, is equally impressive especially considering its overall small scale.
  • Lilacs bloom in spring and early summer with a strong fragrance.
  • The vigorous vine, Wisteria, has massive knockout flowers with a lovely, light scent.
  • The Carol Mackie Daphne is great for its small variegated leaves in green and creamy white.
  • In June, there are many fragrant plants that will capture your attention. Think of annual Sweet Peas or perennial Peonies that are sumptuously scented both outdoors and in as a cut rose on thatch
  • Roses dazzle with their variety and colour but they aren’t all fragrant, so read the tags carefully! Some of the best scented roses are Blue River, Mr. Lincoln, Fragrant Cloud, and Double Delight.
  • Climbing roses include America, Royal Gold, or Zephirine Drouhin.
  • All of the David Austin roses were developed specifically for fragrance and disease resistance.
  • Two outstanding trees that are surprisingly and delightfully scented are Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac Tree and Linden.
  • The Hall’s Honeysuckle vine starts flowering in June and continues into October with creamy-white and yellow blossoms.
  • The flowering shrub, Mock-Orange, is also identified with June. The varieties Glacier and Miniature Snowflake are your best choices for fragrance.


  • White Alyssum
  • Deep purple Heliotrope
  • Pastel-coloured Night Scented Stocks
  • The summer-flowering bulb, Acidanthera, deserves wider cultivation. It has fragrant white, star-shaped flowers with maroon throats and grassy foliage. These bulbs can easily be planted anywhere in the sun during spring. They are adaptable to container planting so their heady scent can be near you on your deck or patio.
  • Oriental Lily and Summer Phlox are two perennials that draw your attention as the days get hotter.
  • Several varieties of Hosta including Honeybells and Royal Standard boast fragrant blooms above bold foliage.

lavender fragrance

  • The shrub Summersweet, flowers and attracts us with its scent in late July.
  • Butterflybush takes the stage in August.
  • Scented Geranium, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, and Thyme that, when brushed against, release a lovely fragrance.


Chrysanthemums are synonymous with fall and have a fragrance uniquely their own.

Choose whatever you like for your fragrant garden and add another dimension that provokes questions, wonder, and nostalgia.