When most people think about designing from scratch or enhancing an existing garden, they will look at size, colour and season of bloom, as a priority when choosing plants.
These of course are very important and will always be the main focus, when putting together a garden which will look good all year round. Mixing your evergreens, perennials, annuals and bulbs, to maximise gardens potential from spring through to winter is always a challenge in itself but one area not to overlook is fragrance.
Because I work 12 months of the year, I’m very lucky to be amongst garden plants all of the time. For me, working alongside all of the different colours, shapes and sizes is a thrill in itself but what really brings a smile to my face is when I get a burst of fragrance, especially in the colder months.
I’ve listed 7 of my personal favourite fragrant plants below. I’ve made sure that I have chosen plants which are readily available and should be easy to source. There are of course many, many others but here are a few that would sit in pretty much any British garden
Mexican Orange Blossom (Genus Choisya)
I absolutely adore Mexican Orange Blossom. It’s wonderful citrus smell, really will brighten up any garden. It’s not over powering but it’s fresh, vibrant and as well as a wonderful smell, this shrub will give you beautiful star shaped flowers.
Viburnum x burkwoodii
Although it’s main flowering season is April, this hardy evergreen can produce flowers in winter and early spring, if the weather is favourable. The distinctive, heady fragrance of these flowers is unmistakable and they are also very pretty, appearing in lovely clusters of small flowers.
Lavender is one of the essential plants for any UK garden. The English variety is the most hardy of all and will give you beautifully fragrant summer flowers. Bees and butterflies love lavender and it’s aroma is known to be relaxing and calming.
Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum)
This beautiful evergreen bursts into life during mid to late summers. It’s beautiful Jasmine like flowers offer a wonderful fragrance, which will give you a real boost on a warm summers evening. They are also excellent climbers and can be cultivated to climb on trellis, archways and pergolas.
Rosa Cornelia (Shrub Rose)
This beautiful Hybrid Musk Rose, produces sprays of small rosettes, with a “tea” like fragrance. These start as peach-apricot, gradually fading to peach-pink.
This large, rounded evergreen shrub has dark, leathery leaves and produces highly fragrant, cup shaped cream flowers in late Summer and Autumn. They have the ability to grow over 10 meters high, so you will need to have space for them, or keep them well pruned.
Philadelphus Lemoinei (Mock Orange)
This particular variety of mock orange is renowned for it’s wonderful fragrance. It usually starts flowering in May or June and can continue right through to August, giving you 3 months of beautiful, highly scented flowers.