A garden can have many purposes. It might be a place to grow and harvest your own vegies or used as an area for the kids to play in. A beautiful garden also stimulates the senses! To take a moment and breathe in the scent of a rose or have your hand caress a carpet of sweet smelling thyme is a sensational experience! A Perfumed Garden can easily be created with these time-honoured favourites.
David Austin Rose
The end of winter is a great time to plant these beautiful roses, so they can become established before summer hits. They combine the best of both worlds – big, blowsy old-fashioned looking flowers that have a great perfume. They are repeat flowering, with flushes from spring right through to autumn.
Daphne is another old-fashioned flower, enjoying a revival! It prefers dappled shade and is perfect for a pot at the front door. They don't need much water, so don't be afraid to allow them to dry out a little before you water again and mulch to keep the roots cool. Daphne odora has pink and white flowers and there is a variegated form available with white flowers.
To bring sunshine to your garden, Jonquils offer both seasonal colour and fragrance. They are planted in autumn and flower from mid-winter, with the most powerful scent. They prefer full sun or part shade under deciduous trees and they thrive on neglect. Jonquils make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers.
Pack of three bulbs $5
You can enjoy fragrance both in the garden and in the home. Cut flowers, such as Jonquils are perfect, but there are lots of beautifully scented herbs that will perfume the garden and your cooking.
Invert squat pots that are stable enough to sit on and plant with a carpet of perfumed thyme. Fragrant and practical, there are many forms of creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) with white, pink, or mauve flowers. Trim after flowering. 100mm $5
A space saving way to bring a sweet aroma into your garden is to grow climbing plants over fences, arches or up a trellis. Jasmine polyanthum has reddish-pink buds in winter, opening up in spring to reveal an abundance of star-like white flowers, filling the air with its intoxicating fragrance!
Tip: Perfume usually comes from oils in the leaf or the flower. The oils are stimulated by warmth and heat, so if you want the best out of your fragrant plants, grow them in full sun.
www.oasisaustralia.com - (herbs)
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (potting mix)
www.northcotepottery.com.au - (pots)