Scented plants are such a bonus in the garden, with the added benefit that many are attractive to bees and butterflies. Warm days enhance the scent, and it is nice to sit near to or walk around scented plants. If garden space is limited, you can create a wonderful scented area using containers with a few chosen plants close to the house, on a balcony or patio area.
There is a good selection of mainly easy to grow scented plants described in the information below. If you are looking to fill a gap in the border check out the lists below of scented plants and shrubs. There are scented plants for all times of the year and many of the aromatic plants are most attractive to bees and butterflies.
In this group of scented plants there are some of our garden favourites such as Lavender, Roses and Honeysuckle. There are many to choose from including fragrant shrubs. The shrub Daphne is known for is lovely perfume, but it is not 100% reliable or easy to grow. In contrast, Choisya, is easier to grow, and has the benefit of being evergreen with attractive glossy leaves and it is tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Equally easy is Philadelphus, common name ' The Mock orange', a deciduous summer flowering shrub which will fill the air around with scent.
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