Using Fragrant Plants in the Landscape

By Kerry Ann Mendez

Breathe deeply. Ahhhhhh. The heavenly fragrance of fresh and fragrant plants is better than any scented candle. All I need to do is say “lilac” and you can smell the word. Of all the five senses, smell has the greatest impact on memory. Why not take advantage of this mood-enhancing reality and plant sweet smelling plants around your home?

Here are some design tips for creating your own fragrance outlet:

  1. Don't place a lot of strong smelling flowers – that bloom at the same time - in close proximity. The combined aroma might be overwhelming.
  2. To intensify and capture sweet smells, place plants so they're not exposed to wind.
  3. Incorporate early, mid and late blooming "scenters" for nonstop fragrance. For example: Hyacinth, Peony, Phlox and Sweet Autumn Clematis.
  4. Use containers packed with fragrant blooms on patios, decks, near entranceways, along pathways and other high traffic areas.

Below are a few fragrant selections that I recommend. We will carry all of these beautiful, sweet-smelling winners this season at Estabrook's.

About the Author

KERRY ANN MENDEZ is an award-winning garden educator, author and design consultant based in southern Maine. Her latest book is The Budget-Wise Gardener. You'll now find her at Estabrook's consulting on garden design, answering your gardening questions and much more. Plus, don't miss her Garden Webinar series!

Kerry Ann Mendez