Many people strive for a visually pleasing garden and forget that their yard can also appeal to the sense of smell. You can add a natural perfume to your garden with these highly aromatic plants that appeal to a variety of styles.
Wisteria is a blend between a shrub and a vine with flowers that cascade downward in charming clusters. Its flowers can be blue, red, purple, or white, so it can suit a variety of color preferences. It can serve as a whimsical cover for an outdoor room or porch. Though this plant blooms in the spring, keep in mind that it can take several years for it to begin flowering. Pruning and supplementation with phosphorous may bring on blooming sooner. Regardless, the effort is completely worth it for the gorgeous perfume-like scent.
Halls honeysuckle is an aromatic vine with a sweet, citrus smell that travels far. This plant works well in a vintage or cottage-style garden as a cover for walls, fences, or trellises. Its yellow-cream colored flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. The honeysuckle is a very hardy plant, and it is drought-tolerant. It does best in full sun. Gardeners should prune the vine at least once a year, as it can grow quite large.
Sweet bay magnolia is a fragrant, somewhat lemony-scented small tree that blooms with creamy white flowers in late spring to early summer. It thrives in full sun to partial shade. It is a fast-growing tree, so gardeners will see a quick return on their efforts. It can grow up to 50 feet or stay quite small, depending on the growth conditions.
These are a few plants that will add fragrance to your garden so that it appeals to all the senses. Choose the one that most suits your gardening style or try all three in your yard.
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