The Nose Knows – the beauty of fragrance in the Garden

If emails sent scents, this one would offer an “AromaRama” of sweet and delicious smells. Fragrant plants add a wonderful sensory bonus to the visual beauty of flowers and foliage in the garden. The smell of a garden can be just as appealing as how it looks, and those smells also attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. In addition to enjoying these lovelies in the garden many make excellent long-lasting cut flowers that let you bring the beauty and fragrance inside.

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Aquilegia caerulea
“Rocky Mountain Columbine”


This magnificent Columbine is Highly bloomiferous with extra-large, 2.5” romantic and sweetly scented blooms - the largest in the genus! Long lived, EASY and grows to a proper 3’ x 2’. The petals are sky blue with a well-developed, white corolla. Worthy of the best position in the garden, it gives you a much longer bloom season – from Spring to Summer and a second flowering late Summer to Fall if you cut it back to 1” tall in Summer. Loves rich, well-drained soil. Do give Columbines regular water and composty soil and you’ll never ever see a leaf-miner!

Perennial USDA zones 3-10

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'

The most bloomiferous and longest blooming of all Columbines and it’s FRAGRANT, too! Easily reaching 3’ tall and 2’ across, this vigorous, non-dwarfed, perennial Southwestern native bears an awesome number of large, long spurred, clearest yellow flowers from Spring till mid-Summer here along California’s coast. The long nectar-filled spurs make for a sweet snack for butterflies and hummingbirds. Do provide some compost to the soil for most outrageous performance and cut back after it’s finished for a second round of bloom in late Summer. It’s mildew resistant and reseeds too!

Perennial USDA zones 3-10

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Dianthus plumarius ‘Rose de Mai’

Very possibly the showiest of all the Dianthus we grow! ‘Rose de Mai’ quickly spreads to a dense, blue-grey, weed-suppressing mat 3’ around. In early Spring, it bursts into an amazing display of hundreds of double, soft pink, deliciously clove-scented 2” blooms, continuing for a month or two. We cut ours back a bit after blooming and side dress with compost for another round of bloom. Cut back again in Fall. Ideal for draping over the edge of a bed, well-drained soil is best. Cut flowers! Long lived!

Perennial USDA zones 3-10a

Buddleja davidii 'White Profusion'

Hailed as one of the very best, most prolific “Butterfly Bushes” and fast growing to 6-8’ tall by 5-7’ across, ‘White Profusion’ explodes into an extravagance of fragrant, clear white panicles up to 12” long from early Summer thru Fall. Deadhead to keep it blooming like crazy or cut regularly for prized bouquet material. Excellent in a mixed bed, along a pathway or on either side of your front door – there’s so many uses ’cause it’s so simple to grow! Tolerant of heat, drought, clay and poor soil.

Perennial USDA zones 5-9

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Azara dentata

Masses of sweet honey vanilla-scented fluffy golden-yellow flowers delight the senses in Spring on this tough, robust and effortless shrub from Chile. Grown against a part-shady wall or fence or up into a tree, it’s a super background subject with its dense, glossy, evergreen leaves and semi-weeping form to 10’ x 10’. Great for a side yard as well. Profuse.5-.75” blooms appear in glowing 3” clusters from March to May lighting up the shrub even in full shade! Tough, robust and fast, it will grow and bloom with abandon in decently draining soil and annual side-dress of compost. Non-aggressive roots, so it’s easy to place. Tolerates redwood roots ! Doesn’t mind being pruned to any shape.

Perennial USDA Zones 8-10

Nepeta tuberosa

Perfectly suited to our Mediterranean climate, this unusual relative of “Catmint” from Spain and Portugal generously rewards the patient gardener. It’s a pleasant plant the first year, but once established it really shines with abundant, MASSIVE, chubby purple flower spikes about 8” tall and 1.5” wide. The pretty purple flowers are held in tiers of mauve bracts. Much loved by honey and native bees and EXTREMELY long-lasting in bouquets! Attractive wooly grey leaves are generally evergreen but may go dormant in extreme drought or cold. Once conditions improve it returns reliably from its tuberous roots. Grows to around 2’ wide and 3’ tall, but looks its best when maintained at 2’ tall.

Perennial USDA Zones 7-10

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Impatiens tinctoria

Oh so Rare, hardy, perennial and deliciously fragrant! Many a folk would do just about anything to get their paws on this legendary Impatiens. Native to the high elevation Central Africa and hardy down to USDA zone 7, it will reach 5’ tall and easily 3’ across. And the flowers! Large - 3” across and fantastically orchid shaped, they’re purest white, hooded and beautifully marked in crimson red. Exotically long arching spurs and the fragrance - especially in the evening - is so like Plumeria! Multi-branching, with thick, almost succulent stems, it’s long lived thanks to its tuberous roots! Pretty, large sized typical Impatiens foliage. Goes deciduous with exposure to cold and can be grown in a large (15 gallon size and up) container, as well as in the garden. Rich, composty soil for a stunning specimen appearance.

Perennial USDA Zones 7b-10

Pelargonium 'Australian Mystery'

Totally tantalizing for its high fidelity contrasting petals, we were bewitched by this new and exciting Pelargonium. Striking, pure white lower petals and intense crimson-purple uppers create a stunning display of 2" blooms from top to bottom on a dense, compact foliar mound to 2' across. Blooming from Summer till Fall, they're best at the front of a bed (we planted ours in the foreground of deep purple leaved Ageratum corymbosum for extra thrills! EASY as pie, this “Martha Washington” type Pelargonium makes for one of the best patio pot plants (at least 10" across) – just pinch back occasionally to keep it compact. Well drained soil and a twice a year side-dress of compost or feeding will keep it compact. Well drained soil and a twice a year side-dress of compost or feeding will keep it a happy bloomer. Evergreen and long-lived.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11


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