Plants for Seasons of Fragrance

Casa Blanca Lily in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Fragrant Casa Blanca Lily (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Ornamental gardens are traditionally designed for visual impact; vivacious blossoms are chosen to display a bold array of colors while shapely shrubs and grasses enhance the landscape with complementary hues and textures. But there is an unseen aspect to the garden that can be as alluring as the view itself, like the enchanting song of a siren luring you closer to the source. In a word: fragrance.

A luscious bourbon rose in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

A luscious heirloom rose (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

In 40BC, Cleopatra used sweetly scented rose petals to lure Mark Anthony to her bedchamber, and today our 21st century markets have followed suit with fragrant hygiene products and unique perfumes, all created to give us our own signature scent. People identify with fragrance, it has the power to soothe, entice or invigorate (think Aromatherapy) yet, it can also transport you in time. Think back to the fresh baked aroma of your grandmother’s apple pie or the first whiff of lilac blossoms in spring. Helen Keller said it best: “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived”. [Read more…]

Got Pink?

Dwarf Iris 'Lenora Pearl' in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Dwarf Iris ‘Lenora Pearl’ (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Pink, it’s my new obsession. Pink, it’s not even a question. Pink, it’s the color of passion, ’cause today it just goes with the fashion. Pink, it was love at first sight. Pink, it’s like red but not quite . . . (Aerosmith, 1997) [Read more…]