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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Picks for Fragrance

Virtually everything we see is in bloom right now be it trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers and even cactus. But you can deepen your garden experience with beautiful plants that excite your sense of sight and smell.  Right now there are several beautiful blooming plants that offer tremendous fragrance for any garden area. Perhaps one of these top plant picks for fragrance will excite the gardener in you.


Star Jasmine  Trachelospermum jasminoides

This beautiful evergreen vine is prized for its very fragrant, star shaped white flowers. During March and April the plant flushes light green with new growth, then small white pinwheel flowers breathe enchantingly into the spring air.  Train twining stems 18 to 20 ft. long on posts, walls or trellises, or use as a fast growing groundcover. As a groundcover, space plants five feet apart. In our climate, Star Jasmine prefers morning sun with afternoon shade.



White Lady Banks Rose

Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’

Another vigorously growing evergreen vine, Lady Banks Roses gracefully climb to over 19 feet tall. Unlike most roses, it is practically thornless though may bear some thorns on particularly stout, strong shoots. The beautiful rose-like flowers are small, with varieties in white or pale yellow.  The white Lady Banks Rose is the more fragrant of the two varieties.



Halls Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’

You won’t believe your nose when you first smell the sweet perfume from flowers that bloom throughout spring months.  So charming is the fragrance, hummingbirds flock to it for its sweet nectar. Perfect for covering walls or use as a ground cover, plant in an area with filtered light or morning sun with afternoon shade.


Popcorn Cassia

Cassia didymobotrya

You guessed it–the fragrance given by this showy shrub is popcorn. You’ll have your guests’ mouths watering as they enjoy a spring evening in the garden when you plant this nearby.  The Popcorn Cassia can be a shrub or small tree. The fragrance is more distinct when you run your fingers through the leaves and then smell.  A rapid grower, this elegant tree/shrub has feather-like leaves and blooms beautiful large clusters of sunny yellow flowers. Grows from 8 to 10 feet tall and prefers full sun.


Wisteria Cooke’s Purple

Wisteria sinensis

This stunning vine produces grape-like clusters of lavender flowers in mid spring.  Growing from 30-40 feet, they can be vigorously climbing vines that in our climate prefer filtered light or morning sun with afternoon shade.  With pruning, wisteria can also take a ‘tree’ form.


Written by Kari Treadway


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