Fragrant must have shrubs

Story Title: Fragrant must have shrubs
Episode: Seven
Date: April 17th 2010.
Presenter: Brooke Stanway

Brooke gives us a few ideas for some gorgeous less common fragrant shrubs that are a must have in any garden.

Brooke's tips:

  • Creating a scented garden is simple, you can create a garden bed specifically as a perfumed bed or intersperse perfumed plants throughout your existing garden.

  • If you are after a perfumed garden year round, plant shrubs that flower through each season or choose plants with scented foliage.

  • There are some beautifully perfumed flowers through autumn such as Heliotrope Cherry pie, the double flowering forms of Dianthus, ornamental gingers and chocolate cosmos (Cosmos astrosanguinea), just to name a few.

  • For some winter fragrance try the Parma violets, they come in double mauve and white.

  • For plants with beautifully perfumed foliage, try the Scented pelargonium's. They come in a range of scents such as Peppermint, lemon, rose, orange, lime, coconut, apple, old spice and more.

  • Other scented foliages worth trying are the passion fruit marigold (tagetes limmonii) or herbs such as the mints, sages, lemon and lime verbena.

  • With a few plants from the suggestions above, you are sure to have a fragrant garden year round.

A special thanks to Tavistock Wholesale Nursery for supplying most of the shrubs seen this episode.