Fragrant Red and White Beauties

“Fragrant Red and White Beauties”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 

After my first experiment with Easter lilies went so well, I decided to try more lilies.  Last spring I bought some assorted lilies that were very inexpensive to see how other lilies would do in the garden before I invested in better bulbs.  A few did bloom last year which really didn’t surprise me since I bought them rather late in the planting season.  Of the ones that did have flowers, one looked like Stargazer and another one was a pretty white one.  This year another has bloomed – a gorgeous red color.

 

Red Lily (redu)

 

After seeing this beautiful red color, I was thinking I might move it to a more prominent place so that the flower could be seen and enjoyed more.  All and all, not too bad for an inexpensive bulb.  This certainly encourages me to try more lilies.

Another shrub has started blooming – the daisy gardenia.  I posted a few days back about the more common double flowering gardenias starting to open, and now these singles have started.

 

Daisy Gardenia (redu)

 

I usually prefer double flowers, but I can’t make up my mind which type of gardenia I like best.  I do like the doubles, but there is something very appealing about the simplicity of the single flowers of the daisy gardenia.  Since I have both, it is nice not to have to choose.

Now that most of the jasmine and privet have finished blooming, it is nice to have the gardenias and lilies to perfume the air.  I am certainly going to miss these fragrant beauties when they stop blooming.

Fragrance in the Garden

“Fragrance in the Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

 

We usually want our gardens to appeal to all the senses.  Of course, the visual is often the one we always concentrate on the most with colorful flowers and foliage.  Sound would be singing birds and running water.  Touch involves texture; who can resist stroking Lamb’s Ears.  The sense I have been noticing most in the last few days is the sense of smell.  It is most apparent in early evening.  Right now the ligustrum, star jasmine, and privet are blooming.

Ligustrum especially when planted in masses can have an overpowering fragrance.  We only have one that is blooming, but that one can certainly fill a large area with its aroma.

 

 

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On of the opposite side of our property is the star or confederate jasmine.  This one really perfumes the evening air.  While you can definitely can smell this over a large area, it is still a very delicate and non-overbearing scent.  I can understand why this was often planted outside of bedroom windows before air conditioning became so popular.  Here it is growing up a tree.  This will be the last year we see this on the pine tree since the vine has become too big and must come down.  But it does make a remarkable column of white flowers.

 

 

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This is why I have been tearing out this jasmine; it is starting to really take over.  Here it is growing through a yew.  I ripped out a whole wall of this last year, and it seems there is still more to do.

 

 

star-jas-in-yew-redu

 

Finally, there is a tree that blooms at this time of year that is so lovely, but is the bane of my existence – the wild privet.

 

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It has small white flower clusters, a nice fragrance, all of which makes it so appealing to the uninformed.  This produces black berries which reseed EVERYWHERE.  There are little seedlings all over, in the garden, in the lawn, and even in containers.  I usually let this one bloom and then cut it back before it sets its seeds.  Earlier this year I got rid of several that were growing on the property line, and now this one will be cut back and not allowed to grow.  This will only help a little, since the neighbor has a large tree on her property, but I figure every little bit helps.

So, right now, here, in our garden, the sense of smell seems to be the most dominate, and with the lovely cool, evening temperatures we have been having, it makes for an enjoyable garden experience.

Fragrance in the Garden

This copyrighted post, “Fragrance in the Garden” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

I have often thought of how important the senses are in gardening.  Sight, of course, comes to mind first.  All the pretty flowers, colorful foliage, and textures are a feast for our eyes.  Sound, too, is in our gardens with chirping birds, water features, and the wind rustling through the trees and the occasional wind chime.  The sense of touch is satisfied by fingering the different textures of plants and flowers.  Who can resist walking by lambs ears without stroking the leaves?

But, this morning, the sense of smell was the one that captured my attention.  As I was walking by the blooming Easter lilies, I caught a whiff of their wonderful fragrance.  Of course, it made me stop and lean over for a deeper whiff.  I guess I forgot how aromatic they are.

Some hints for intensifying scents in the garden are to place fragrant plants in a protected area away from winds, place aromatic foliage plants near a path or front of the border so the leaves can be easily rubbed, and place fragrant plants near doorways, open window, and sitting areas so that they can be enjoyed more.  Remember that some plants are fragrant at night, such as night blooming jessamine (cestrum nocturnum) or flowering tobacco.  There is no point in having those plants if you are never around when they are releasing their pleasant smell.

Fragrant flowers are fairly easy to incorporate into our gardens.  There are roses, lilies, nicotina, gardenias, etc.  Aromatic foliage plants that I particularly like are lemon verbena, lemon thyme, rosemary, curry, and pineapple sage.

Year round fragrance is a goal of mine.  In late winter there is sweet olive, winter honeysuckle, and sweet almond shrub.  These are followed by all the jasmines, esp. star jasmine and magnolias.  When spring is in full swing and in summer, too, there are innumerable flowers, vines, and shrubs scenting our gardens.  In the fall, there is sweet autumn clematis, Russian sage, autumn witch hazel to name a few.

Fragrance not only makes for a pleasant experience, but it creates atmosphere, and also conjures up memories.  I know I cannot smell gardenias without thinking of my daughter as a baby.

Whether subtle or intense, fragrance is important for making our gardens and gardening even more pleasurable.  Think about it.  What are some of your favorite plants that appeal to the sense of smell?