Fragrance - next to flower colour - is one of the most sought-after attributes when choosing plants and shrubs.
Fragrant flowers, scented plants and aromatic foliage are a 'must' for all gardens. There are many plants and shrubs, which are not noted generally for their fragrance, but which will fill a small - or large - garden with their aroma.
I think that my all-time favourite scented plant, must be the flowering shrub, Elaeagnus ebbingei. A grey-green leaved evergreen with spectacular white undersides to the leaves, the flowers are hardly noticeable in the visual sense but oh boy - the scent! August, September, October and November even. This has to be the best. It will grow anywhere; including a North facing shaded aspect, and grows to 8 feet or so if allowed.
When thinking of scented plants, don’t forget the aromatic foliage either, Lavenders, Rosmarinus, Choisya, Santolina, Perovskia, Laurus (The Bay), Myrtus and Helichrysum are good - and all evergreen.
Helichrysum (Curry Plant) Choisya ternata Sungold Azalea mollis - especially yellows
For scented flowers on plants - other than the older varieties of roses of course -
The climbing shrubs such as the honeysuckles (Lonicera x americana is good ) and Summer Jasmine (Jasminum officinalis ) are also popular. Azara microphylla - not too well known - has exquisitely scented tiny yellow flowers.
Oooohhh just bottle that lot and sprinkle it about.
By David Hughes - email@example.com