ADD SUM­MER FRA­GRANCE

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

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.

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