Fragrant plants add a new dimension to the garden, enhancing both its color and textural schemes. Lend an unusual element to the garden by designing a colorful summer bed full of plants that offer delicious scents. This garden creates a soothing ambiance that integrates the earthy, aromatic scents of herbs with the sweet smells of flowers. When planting herbs, allow them to grow over the edge of a path or patio so that they exude their scents when they are brushed by garden strollers. Additionally consider prevailing wind directions during the bloom period of fragrant plants and place them so as to reap the most impact.
Plants To Consider Using:
Chinese Lantern a perennial with white, star-shaped, slightly fragrant flowers in spring followed by bright orange-red seed pods.
Variegated Sage has green and yellow leaves with a fresh herbal scent.
Small Oak Germander a quick-spreading herb that is often used as a ground cover; aromatic with oak-shaped leaves.
Lavender Cotton has a dense, green foliage in spring which turns silver in summer and fall. The leaves smell of lavender.
Weeping Willow have a lance-shaped leaf on drooping branches that almost touch the ground. They obtain yellow-green catkins in spring.
Mealy-Cup Sage is a fast growing perennial grown as an annual. They have violet-blue, long lasting flowers in summer.
Flowering Tobacco have large, white, honey-scented flowers during summer, especially fragrant in th evening.
Rosemary a needle-like, blue-green, sweetly scented foliage; blue flowers from mid-spring through early autumn.
Planting & Aftercare
1. Clear the bed between patio and hedge. Plant Willow at least 3 ft. from the hedge, in a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball.
2. Dig up rest of bed 12 inches deep, working in a 4 inch layer of compost and ½ cup of slow-release fertilizer for every square foot of bed.
3. Plant two Chinese Lanterns to the left of the Willow, and four Flowering Tobaccos to its right. Fill in between with Mealy-cup Sage.
4. Fill middle of bed with Variegated Sage spaced about 12 inches apart. Let the Sage’s foliage spill over the garden border and onto the path.
5. Plant groups of four or five Lavender Cotton, Germander, and Rosemary all spaced 8 inches apart along front of design. Water well.
6. Cut back Germander in mid-spring to shape and deadhead in late summer. Trim back herbs once during season for a bushier growth.