bulb grown for fragrance is lily, which has
beautiful flowers. Not all lilies are fragrant, but those that are
can knock your socks off. In early spring, many are familiar with the
heady fragrance of potted Easter lilies, but there are many other
hardy lilies that are grown in the ground and are perennial. Oriental
lilies have the most fragrant flowers. They have large flowers that
bloom in summer. Oriental lily 'Stargazer'
is my favorite . It bears six-inch-wide, rosy-red flowers
speckled with dark maroon freckles.
is a shade-loving perennial mainly grown for its attractive foliage,
but one species in particular, Hosta
plantaginea 'Grandiflora,' also known as August
lily, has delightfully fragrant, long, white, waxy, tubular
flowers that bloom in late summer. The fragrance resembles
freesia and carries on the breeze. The foliage of this hosta is light
green and in addition to shade, it also grows well in sun.
In the annuals category there are many choices.
Two of my favorites are white heliotrope
and Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight.'
heliotrope bears large umbels of fragrant, pure-white
flowers atop medium green foliage. The fragrance is sweet and really
resembles baby powder! This is the very-fragrant, old-fashioned form
I have kept going for years. Use it as bedding plant, in containers,
or as a house plant. Heliotrope
'Fragrant Delight' bears
large umbels of fragrant, deep purple flowers atop medium green
foliage. The fragrance resembles cherry pie on this heliotrope!
it comes to the home landscape, there are many fragrant shrubs
lesser known than lilac which are also fragrant. For summertime
fragrance, the shrub called summersweet
is one of the top choices. It bears spikes of creamy-white
flowers with a wonderful sweet fragrance that really perfumes the
garden. The flowers appear in midsummer and continue blooming for up
to six weeks. The compact variety 'Hummingbird' fits well in any
garden or landscape. The deep, glossy-green foliage turns a brilliant
golden yellow in autumn. It grows well in a shady
spot in the garden.
are also many fragrant house plants that add their sweet scents to
the indoor garden and there's nothing nicer than enjoying the
fragrance of a flower during the dead of winter. One of the most
fragrant house plants is winter blooming jasmine.
It's a climbing, vining house plant that bears large clusters
of very-fragrant flowers. The flowers are pink in bud and open pure
white. The fragrant flowers bloom from mid winter to mid spring and
their scent really perfumes the air.