Plants for Fragrance

Plants for Fragrance

A garden that contains powerfully scented plants can stimulate your senses, not just on a warm sunny evening as you sit outside, but throughout the seasons.

Scented plants are best grown in more sheltered, contained areas of your garden, so that the scent is retained. They’re perfect for a courtyard style garden, cottage garden or up against a wall. By planting them in your flower beds, borders, tubs and pots you can create a sea of scented plants that will fill your garden with the most beautiful fragrances.When considering which scented plants to include in your garden, it’s important to remember that there are so many to choose from. Here are our top 5 recommendations.

Top 5 Scented plants

1. Number 1 on our list for a reason, the Lavender is the most popular fragrant plant that you can buy for your garden. Both English & French Lavender have many varieties to choose, with flowers that are coloured in shades of blue and purple. These summer flowering perennial plants are ideal for lining a pathway with. The scent of the flowers will be released as you brush past them.


2. Lonicera or Honeysuckle as it’s more commonly known as, is a climbing plant with sweet scented flowers shaped like small trumpets. It’s flowers come in clusters of whites, yellows and shades of red usually during the Summer months. As an added bonus the flowers are usually followed by berries that are great for attracting wildlife to your garden.


3. Wallflowers can be biennial and short loved, but also perennial and come back each year. They have a long flowering period between spring and Summer, so the scent that they give off will linger in your garden for longer. Known as Erysimum in Latin, there are a whole host of shades to choose from. Make sure you plant them nearest to a seating area to make the most of their fragrance.

4. Trachelospermum jasminoides is one of our most popular climbing plants. It’s twining, evergreen stems produce highly fragrant, pure white flowers from mid to late summer.  Plant this climber in a sunny spot and watch it grow up a trellis, pergola or along a fence line with stunning results.

5. We couldn’t have a top 5 list without including roses. You’ll find a rose bush in most gardens, but have you thought of dedicating a whole flower bed to your roses? Imagine a collection of roses all flowering throughout the summer and the fragrance that a group of them will produce for you. They are so versatile as well, not only can you grow them in your borders, but what about a couple of pots either side of your front door giving off scent from those beautiful flowers heads each time your walk past.

We've picked out our top 5 scented plants, but there are so many more examples! Pay a visit to your local branch of Thompson's, and we'll help you choose some wonderfully fragrant plants for your garden. just ask, we're always here to help.

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