fragrant plantsFor a garden full of fragrances you need to select suitable plants that keep a sweet-smelling garden year-round.

There are many plants that add fragrance to the interior or exterior garden including trees, shrubs, vines and perennials.

Trees that could add fragrance to your garden may include ylang-ylang, citrus, magnolia, frangipani and wild cinnamon.

Shrubs such as lemon grass, gardenia, angel’s trumpet, rosemary, spice-wood and sweet viburnum will also keep your garden fresh and live. For a ground cover or a vine, plants with fragrance include mint, scented geraniums, confederate jasmine, creeping thyme, oregano and honeysuckle.

Although fragrance is subjective but in any case a garden planted with scented plants offers a pleasure. Many flowers have this quality and they spread fragrance and pleasant scents around. The purpose of a flower’s fragrance is thought to be that of an attractant to nectar-feeding insects that then return the favor by carrying pollen from one flower to the next.

Few lovely scents are found in roots, bark, leaves, stalks and seeds.

The degree of fragrance emitted by flowers or other plant parts may vary according to time of day, age of the flower, air temperature and moisture level. The hours when the scent is strongest may even differ for the same plants. The scent depends on the essential oils that are present in varying amounts depending on these conditions. These oils evaporate at different speeds and different temperatures.

Roses smell sweetest in mild, damp mornings when the sun hits them. They peak at noon and by night might no longer be fragrant. Conversely, night-blooming flowers such as angel’s trumpet and night-blooming jasmine issue no scents during daylight but are odoriferous at night to attract their moth pollinators. At twilight, these plants may be most appreciated when planted near a terrace or below a bedroom window.

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