When well-flowered, the gardens are areas that are mainly valued for their beautiful colours. However, they may bring much more because, by choosing plants with subtle and fresh fragrance, one creates a pleasing setting in which to wander throughout the year. Discover here how to create a fragrant garden to enjoy all these delicate scents.

When you want to create a fragrant garden, the first step is to consider how to arrange and manage the available space. Indeed, it is essential to know where to plant aromatic flowers and foliage, so as not to mix the scents haphazardly. If your garden is small, only select fragrant plants, as to not make the atmosphere stifling. Given that certain flowers emit more persistent scents than others, they should not be placed near flowers of which the fragrance is much more subtle. Thus, always make sure to organize your space and focus on good combinations for your fragrant garden to be as pleasant as possible.

To start off

In general, it is advisable to place the most fragrant plants away from the house, to the extent it can be uncomfortable to live in the middle of overly pronounced smells. For best results, try to plant lightly scented plants near your home, such as herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage, basil) or fragrant perennials (geraniums). If, by lack of time, you do not have the opportunity to enjoy your garden during the day, remember that there are some plants that are only fragrant at night, such as honeysuckle or the marvel of Peru. Also, take special care to select plants that do not all flower simultaneously in order to enjoy your garden throughout the year. Finally, remember that fragrant plants are particularly fearful of the wind. For them to be able to release all their flavours, always make sure that they grow in full sun, sheltered from wind and drafts.

Aromatic herbs

Basil, rosemary, sage, peppermint … difficult to conceive a fragrant garden without aromatic herbs. Easy-to-maintain, these tasty herbs will be perfect next to your kitchen. However, do not plant them all in the same type of soil as the needs may greatly differ. If peppermint mainly needs rich and moist soil, rosemary and thyme fear moisture. In addition, most herbs cannot withstand excessively low temperatures, especially since they requires lots of sunlight to grow well. If you live in a cold region, opt for planters because once winter comes, it will be much easier to protect your plants. However, if you live in an area where the climate is warmer, you can plant herbs such as peppermint and basil in the ground. Also ideal as ground covers, these plants will produce a beautiful ground cover that will conceal all your completely empty surfaces. To plant your aromatic herbs; you should wait for the beginning of spring. In terms of maintenance, these plants do not need to be watered often, except in cases of very high temperatures.

Fragrant plants and flowers

To better appreciate their different scents, you can place some of your fragrant plants and flowers on the borders of your garden’s paths or near your home. In terms of flowers, favour species such as scented geraniums or rose bushes. Very fragrant, scented geraniums have also the unique property of repelling mosquitoes. With their beautiful colours and original shapes, these flowers are also ideal to place outside bedrooms or on the borders of patios. Very easy to maintain, fragrant geraniums do not need to be watered often as they do not like humidity. To take care of them, all you will need to do is cut off the yellow leaves and wilted flowers. Concerning your walls and arbours, consider climbing plants such as white jasmine. If you have a large available space to plant, select a small corner where you can mix species such as lavender, laurel, olive and eucalyptus. Very fragrant, these species are much more difficult to maintain because they need dry climates, sun and water. Lastly, alternate scents and colours, choosing fragrant shrubs such as frangipani or patchouli. Since these exotic plants fear frost, always remember to plant them in pots containing rich and moist soil so that you are able to bring them inside once winter comes. Upon the arrival of spring, your plants will be returned to the garden, spreading more than ever their fresh scent and subtle aromas.

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Published in Pleasure gardens by Alexander on 03 Aug 2011