ADD SUMMER FRAGRANCE
Sitting outside in summer is even more enjoyable when there’s fragrance, especially in the evening, so incorporate some perfumed blooms into your garden. Murraya and gardenia are perennial favourites for warm climates, and fit neatly into formal garden styles. In cooler climates, try planting Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata) instead. Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is an easy-to-control climber that produces a massed display of heavily fragrant white, starry blooms in spring, then continues spot flowering throughout summer. It grows well in a container, or trained on a trellis or tepee. Chalice vine (Solandra maxima), moonflower (Ipomoea alba) and the many queen-of-the-night cacti varieties open their flowers at night, which adds an exciting special dimension to the evening garden. Angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia spp.), with its large, dangling, bell-shaped flowers or ‘trumpets’, blooms until the cold weather arrives. While best known in its white form, it also comes in apricot, yellow (above) and pink, as well as an ever-expanding range of other colours.