Mitzi's interest in the study and cultivation of fragrant plants was again inspired by the 1974 reprint of Louise Beebe Wilder's The Fragrant Garden (1932). Along with the Old Garden Roses she began reading about, collecting, and growing fragrant plants of all kinds. From that study and experience in growing fragrant plants she distilled several design principles that can be used to organize the garden:

  1. Plan for sequential bloom so something is blooming throughout the season and not too many things at once

  2. Plant some of the low growing fragrant herbs as ground cover around stepping stones
  3. Place fragrant plants under windows so their scent can be enjoyed from the house
  4. Locate fragrant plants surrounding a bench or garden seat so you can relax and enjoy them
  5. Cover an arbor or trellis with fragrant vines so that the scent surrounds you
  6. Consider raised planters, containers so that those plants that hold their scent closely can be reached without bending over so far
  7. Consider prevailing winds when planting. The scent will obviously be stronger downwind

Following is a list of some of the best plants grown for their fragrance. Be advised that this list contains a number of somewhat tender plants, and a few suited only to gardens in USDA Zones 8-9. An effort was made to provide variety within each category, therefore not every plant is necessarily the most fragrant of its kind/color.

To view a list of fragrant plants and images please click here.

Many books have been written on gardening for fragrance. A few of the best are:

The Fragrant Year, Helen Van Pelt Wilson and Leonie Bell, c. 1967
The Scented Garden, Rosemary Verey, c. 1981
Scent in Your Garden, Stephen Lacy, c. 1991
The Fragrant Garden, Louise Beebe Wilder, c. 1932 and reprinted 1974
Fragrance in Bloom, Ann Lovejoy, c. 1966



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