When you decide to create a garden in your backyard, it's no surprise that you'll be mainly focused on the color, layout and texture. But what about scent? Fragranced plants not only look beautiful but provide heavenly sweet smells which can instantly uplift your mood. Here are some fantastic choices of amazingly fragrant and beautiful plants which will bring your garden to life.
Don’t underestimate the size of these tiny flowers, as they will still manage to make a huge impact in your garden. Sweet Alyssum only grow four to six inches and produce stunning clusters of delicate blooms. Despite the low height of them, their intense honey-like scent wafts through the air so your whole garden will smell wonderful. These flowers come in an amazing array of colors including white, purple, pink, red and yellow. Plant them directly in your garden or grow them in a hanging basket or window box, to dress up your backyard.
Roses offer both beauty and an intoxicating fragrance, so it’s no wonder they’re a popular choice for Valentine’s Day. But don’t restrict yourself to only having them once a year. Gaze upon them all season, by planting at least a few these flowers in your backyard. You may not realize this, but roses are actually divided into different classes, so you’ll need to decide which ones suit your yard best. Old garden roses are delicately beautiful and come in soft white and pastel colors. Unlike the roses you’ll receive from the florists, these beauties emit a more powerful perfume just like nature intended. On the other hand, modern roses come in a range of rich colors and elegant shapes, and provide a more subtle aroma. Newer roses are sometimes favored not because of their scent, but the fact that they are insect and disease resistance. So bear these facts in mind when selecting your roses.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! We’ve found the perfect flower for you. The intriguing chocolate cosmos are a very unique type of flower with dark reddish brown petals which are almost black. As you pass by them you will be surrounded with the wonderful scent of vanilla and hot chocolate. But don’t let this fragrance tempt you to taste them as you’ll be in for a shock. To enjoy the full effect of the fragrance, cluster six to eight plants together and grow them in borders. Alternatively plant them in containers which are placed around the backyard.
Surround your garden with the captivating fragrance and rich colors of Phlox. These delicate trumpet and star shaped flowers come in shades of pink, white, purple, red and bi-colors. David is an especially fragrant variety of phlox which elegantly stands tall in a distinguishing shade of white. Plant a large amount of phlox in a concentrated area to make a big impact.
Honeysuckle is a decorative climbing plant and shrub which is not just a favorite among people, but birds and butterflies too! These delightful trumpet-shaped flowers beautifully adorn garden trellises and hedgerows, and also attract many pollinators. You’re probably most familiar with the creamy white and yellow shade of these flowers, but they actually come in a range of colors, from red to deep orange. Despite the flowers being very pretty on their own, it’s the charming heady scent they produce which truly makes your garden come alive.
With their gorgeously intense fragrance and stunning shades of color, it’s obvious why sweet peas are a popular annual flower. Once planted, each stem bears one to seven frilly blooms which fill your garden with an overwhelming honey scent. You can buy them in a variety of different shades from pastel hues to deep purple and maroon. So you should be able to find ones which perfectly match the personality of your garden. Just be aware that some aren’t actually fragrant, so make sure you read the label beforehand to prevent any disappointment.
If you’ve got room in your backyard, make a big statement with a striking crabapple tree. These highly versatile plants are one of the best small trees you can plant outside your home. In the spring you’ll smell the welcoming fragrance of the beautiful blossoms which vary in color from crisp white to deep pink. This is followed by the profusion of small colorful fruit and an attractive fall color on the leaves. To make your garden stand out from your neighbours, consider planting one of the less common varieties of this tree. Royal Raindrops is a great choice, as it defies the pink and white color scheme and actually produces a striking deep purple foliage and magenta flowers.
Bring some glamour and romance to your garden with herbaceous peonies. These lush exuberant flowers come in stunning shades of white, pink and red, and are accompanied by a glossy dark green foliage which provides gorgeous color to your borders. Peony plants offer a luxuriously fresh aroma, and because they are perennials, both their breathtaking flowers and their delightful scent will keep on coming back every spring.
Dianthus are a low growing type of plant, but that won’t stop you breathing in the spicy fragrance of their clove scented flowers. Often called ‘pinks’ due to their dainty fringed petals, these flowers come in pink (obviously), as well as red, purple and white. Underneath you’ll find the striking silvery-blue almost grass-like foliage which is what makes this type of plant so impressive. Dianthus look great as edging in your garden, but you can also grow them in containers to bring pops of color into your yard.
If you use perfume, you may already be familiar with the rich, sweet fragrance of jasmine. These woody vines are a very popular plant which not only look great in the garden, but are used in the production of perfume and tea. Plant them in a sunny, sheltered spot and prepare to be wowed by both their cheery white and yellow flowers and strong soothing scent.