Sweet Per­fume

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Most gar­den­ers en­joy hav­ing fra­grance in their gar­den, es­pe­cially near walk­ways, win­dows and decks. Ev­ery gar­dener should love a fra­grant flower, be it sweet, spicy or pun­gent musk.

With care­ful plant se­lec­tion, any gar­dener can de­sign and im­ple­ment a flower gar­den which would pro­vide at­trac­tive scents and aro­mas that could be ap­pre­ci­ated from spring through fall.

For early spring, gar­den­ers must se­lect bloom­ing bulbs if strong scent is what they de­sire. Iris Retic­u­late, Siberian Squill and Grape Hy­acinth all of­fer sweet scent to the early gar­den and for larger blooms and pow­er­ful per­fumes, plant tra­di­tion­ally full sized hy­acinths which are known for their pow­er­ful and pleas­ant odors.

Early spring can also of­fer pow­er­fully pleas­ant smells to a shady cor­ner. Spring­time in the wood­land/ shade gar­den can pro­duce waft­ing scents of lily of the val­ley, sweet vi­o­lets, and a car­pet of sweet woodruff.

As spring ad­vances, nu­mer­ous species of twiggy peren­ni­als, shrubs and trees come into bloom, many of which pro­duce sweet aro­mas or pow­er­ful musk.

Most New­found­land gar­dens should have no trou­ble pro­duc­ing the strong spring per­fumes of lilacs, pe­onies, hon­ey­suck­les (vines and trees) and roses. These scented beau­ties can be placed in so many dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments and de­signs, as ac­cents, sin­gle spec­i­mens, borders, or base bones for an­nu­als.

In later spring and early sum­mer one of the most aro­matic species, Laven­der, bursts into bloom. Placed along walk­ways, this twiggy peren­nial is ex­cel­lent in any gar­den and can also be dried for use in­side the home.

An­nu­als which start to bloom in early sum­mer can also of­fer sweet smells to the gar­den. Sweet alyssum, Sweet peas, Ni­co­tiana and Moon­flower all of­fer strong flo­ral scents that can be car­ried through a light breeze (or strong gust).

When buy­ing


scented an­nu­als, ei­ther in seed form or ma­ture plant trays, be aware some are far more fra­grant than oth­ers. It is im­por­tant to note that la­bels of­ten in­di­cate the stronger scented va­ri­eties with nose shaped sym­bols on the front or de­scrip­tions on the back side of the tag.

There are nu­mer­ous sum­mer bloom­ing peren­nial species that are fa­vored for fra­grance. Scented iris cul­ti­vars such as “ Royal Storm,” “ Van­ity,” or “Mid­night” are all pop­u­lar fra­grant sum­mer bloomers.

Be aware, how­ever, that blooms from Iris may not de­velop for a year or two af­ter plant­ing, de­pend­ing on plant size.

Fra­grant daylilies such as “Cho­rus Line,” and “Rasp­berry Candy” are al­ways a good choice for our re­gion as they are both hardy and rel­a­tively quick to de­velop. In a shady tree filled yard one could plant scented sum­mer bloom­ing Hosta va­ri­eties such as “ Hon­ey­bells,” “ Fra­grant Blue,” “ Heaven Scent,” “ So Sweet,” and “Royal Stan­dard”, three of which I grow now.

Bor­der Phlox are the best late sum­mer and fall bloom­ing peren­ni­als for strong aro­mas and they come in al­most ev­ery color imag­in­able. These species will also re­bloom if dead­head­ing is done quickly af­ter the first blooms fade.

It is worth not­ing that fo­liage, like blooms, can also of­fer at­trac­tive sweet and spicy scents through­out the grow­ing sea­son.

Lemon ver­bena, sweet thyme, scented gera­ni­ums and herbs such as basil, rose­mary and the above men­tioned laven­der can be placed through­out the gar­den and taken as pot­pourri cut­tings for in­doors, through­out the sum­mer.

I grow thyme through the paths of my peren­nial bor­der and as it is tram­pled, pleas­ant smells waft through the air.

I hope this short de­scrip­tion of gar­den fra­grance will pro­vide New­found­land and Labrador gar­den­ers, inspiration and ideas for designing and plant­ing a gar­den full of heavy fra­grance, sweet per­fume, and spicy aro­mas this grow­ing sea­son.

Re­mem­ber a gar­den can and should ap­peal to as many of our senses as pos­si­ble to cre­ate a more last­ing im­pres­sion to site vis­i­tors and of course to the gar­den­ers them­selves.

If you have any ques­tions about gar­den­ing in New­found­land and Labrador sim­ply email me at john­nor­man21@gmail.com

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