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gardeners complain that modern-day flowers have lost their sweet
fragrance compared to old-fashioned varieties. It is true that some
hybrid flowers have been bred for larger blooms, bolder colors,
disease resistance, and other improvements at the expense of fragrance.
However, there are still plenty of choices for planning an aromatic
source of fragrance in plants depends a bit on the species; some
plants' flowers produce scent in specialized glands to attract potential
insect pollinators. Other plants may have aromatic oils in their
foliage, only to be released if bruised or crushed.
fully enjoy fragrant plants in the garden, introduce the
in calm areas out of the wind and breeze. Such areas also may be
created under arbors or by fences, walls or hedges--in fact,
word "arbor" comes from "herber," a place where fragrant plants
fragrance garden should be planned with lots of study and personal
experience. Like other gardens, you'll want to design a scheme that
will have something of interest throughout the season, rather than
having all of the fragrance at the same time. Some scents may complement
each other, while others may clash. Beauty here is in the nose of
the beholder, since what may be enchanting to one person may be
offensive to the next.
get you started on your plan, the following plants have earned their
fragrant reputations. Cultivars and varieties of plants may vary
in their potency, so be sure to do your homework, and don't be afraid
to experiment with different combinations. You can always rearrange
the planting should you find your design to be lacking.
from Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont Extension, and B.
Rosie Lerner, Purdue University, 2001
are poisonous! Read and follow all safety precautions on labels.
Handle carefully and store in original containers out of reach
of children, pets or livestock. Dispose of empty containers
immediately, in a safe manner and place. Pesticides should never
be stored with foods or in areas where people eat.
When trade names are used for identification, no product endorsement
is implied, nor is discrimination intended against similar materials.
Be sure that the pesticide you intend to use is registered for
the state of use.
The user of this information assumes all risk for personal injury
or property damage.
information, call the URI CE Gardening and Food Safety Hotline
at 1-800-448-1011 or (401)874-2929 from outside Rhode Island;
Monday-Thursday between 9 am and 2 pm.
of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension provides equal program