Plants for Seasons of Fragrance

Casa Blanca Lily in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://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 https://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…]

Mock Orange

The sweetly fragrant mock orange blossoms in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

The sweetly fragrant mock orange blossoms (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Although it’s been over thirty years, the balmy perfume of Florida’s orange groves remains clear in my scent-sual memory banks.  There is something about this unforgettable tropical flower that is both alluring, yet mysterious.  Its fragrance is spicy with a hint of jasmine, and when the delicious scent comes to you on a warm breeze you may stop in your tracks, temporarily dazed.  Alas, we’re not in Florida, so what can we do here?  You could enjoy the sweet fruity aroma by growing a tropical tree in your home, or you can do what I do in our less inviting zone 5 climate: grow a mock orange, instead! [Read more…]