Crank up the midsummer garden with the sweetly fragrant blooms of ‘Crystalina’ summersweet (Clethra alnifolia). A native shrub, summersweet attracts all kinds of pollinators, including butterflies. Plants are deer-resistant and, unlike the true native Clethra, 'Crystalina' does not sucker and take over the yard. Grows 30-36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Stems of many tropical or potted plants such as angel trumpet (Brugmansia) and Coleus are easy to root in buckets of filled with four or five inches of water. Roots often form within two or three weeks. This works also for some landscape shrubs including fragrant Gardenia and variegated Acuba.
Create a fragrant and colorful centerpiece with fresh lime slices and blooming perennials. The trick to keeping the lime slices upright is to use two vases of varying sizes, fitting one inside of the other and filling in the space with 1/4-inch-thick lime slices. The luscious fruit and floral scents will last for two-to-three days.
This shrub is worth a second look. Fragrant purple blooms cover the plant from early summer through early fall. Pollinators flock to the flowers, bringing another layer of interest to plantings. This chaste tree grows a neat 3 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 6-9. Botanical name: Vitex agnus-castus
My grandmother’s garden lit up late every afternoon and through the night with fragrant four o’clocks (Mirabilis jalopa), which Thomas Jefferson grew and called “the marvel of Peru.” Its big seeds are easy to save, and in the late afternoon hummingbirds gorge on them, followed by giant hovering sphinx moths at night.
David Austin's two-acre rose garden in Albrighton, UK attracts visitors from all around the world, many of whom travel thousands of miles to visit the home of the AustinÕs English Roses. The rose garden's 700 different varieties of roses bloom in fragrant flushes from late May until the first frosts. Featured areas include The Lion Garden (seen here), The Renaissance Garden and the National Collection of English Roses. The Austin gardens are open to the public year-round.
This entry stands out with ironwork railings that delineate the property from the sidewalk. The ironwork is softened with traditional plants such as boxwood borders and fragrant evergreen plants like Rosemary, which gives a welcoming feeling and a sense of arrival to the front entry of the home. The front door is treated with Baroque seeded glass, which serves two purposes- to let light in and to create more of a sense of privacy than a clear glass would.
Bite-size churros are deliciously poppable! Whip up your favorite homemade churro batter and pipe onto baking sheets in 3-inch lengths. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. Cook the frozen dough in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Brush mini churros with butter and roll in cinnamon-sugar. For a truly decadent treat serve with salted caramel sauce.
Garden phlox makes a great addition to a cutting garden, and Volcano Phlox is no exception. This fragrant phlox continues to flower all summer long if you cut plants back by a quarter after the first flowers fade. Plants grow 24 to 28 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-10. Good vase companions for phlox: chamomile, euphorbia and hosta (shown).
This low growing perennial delivers a punch of perfectly pink, semi-double blossoms that make a fragrant edging in planting beds. Drought tolerant and low maintenance, this beauty is also deer resistant. What’s not to love? Shear plants after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms in early fall. Hardy in Zones 4-8. Botanical name: Dianthus ‘Sweetie Pie’
A striking heirloom lilac, ‘Madame Lemoine’ was bred near Nancy, France, by the famous lilac breeder Lemoine. He named this beauty after his wife. Strongly fragrant double white blooms grace this lilac in late spring to early summer. Flower buds are cream and open to pure white. This French hybrid lilac grows 8 to 15 feet tall and up to 15 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
“The holidays are such an expensive time of the year in general, I wanted to come up with a beautiful, affordable tablescape,” says Fotini Roman of Farmhouse Chic Blog. By incorporating her collection of mercury-glass votive holders with a fragrant cedar garland and mini silver ornaments, Roman created a warm, inviting and elegant holiday table.
'Golden Celebration' is one of the most fragrant English Roses. It's known for magnificent blooms perfumed by a strongTea Rose fragrance that evolves to a wonderful fruity scent with hints of citrus or lychee. Details: exceptionally large cupped flowers that are beautifully-formed and full-petaled; rich golden-yellow color; nicely rounded shrub with slightly arching stems; quick to repeat bloom; particularly good winter hardiness. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 1992, Ausgold).
Named for a cousin to Queen Elizabeth, ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ has huge, pink blooms surrounded by an outer ring of soft pink petals. Its tea rose fragrance changes to a lemon scent, with hints of blackberry, before the flowers fade. Grow this David Austin Rose for its very large blooms, which have up to 130 petals each. This is one of the most fragrant English roses, with exceptional tolerance to heat and humidity.
Green leaves with wide, white edges help ‘Double Stuff’ Solomon’s seal provide eye-catching color in a woodland or shade garden. Fragrant flowers open in spring as white bell-shape blossoms that dangle along stems. Stems with or without blooms make a terrific addition to a garden bouquet. Deer-resistant plants grow 26 inches tall by 16 inches wide. Leaves fade to bright gold in fall. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
David Austin's 'Harlow Carr' has medium-sized, purest rose-pink flowers of the most perfect formation. It is one of the most fragrant English Roses, with a strong Old Rose scent. It is a tough, healthy variety that performs well in hotter areas, while also doing well where winters are cold. It is an excellent repeat bloomer, covered with flowers from early summer through late fall. Grows to 4 ft tall by 3 ft wide. (David Austin 2004, Aushouse).
Enjoy all the great attributes of viburnum in a neat little package. Lil’ Ditty grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide, making it a great choice for perennial borders, containers or edging water gardens. Fragrant white late spring blooms—a big hit with pollinators—fade to form berries, which shift color as they ripen from green to pink to red to blue to black. Hardy in Zones 3-8. Botanical name: Viburnum cassinoides
A reblooming gardenia keeps the fragrant flowers coming through spring and summer. First Editions Sweet Tea gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘PIIGA-II’) unfurls tennis ball size double blooms on plants that grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Site plants in full sun to part shade. This gardenia makes a nice hedge or specimen shrub. Place it near outdoor seating areas so you can enjoy the fragrance. Hardy in Zones 7-9.