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I'm new to gardening - last year was my first year of successfully growing some fruit and veg.

This year I would like to grow some fragrant flowers - annuals out of preference - while I try to decide what to do with my garden.  What I would like is something that is very attractive and smells beautiful - but NOT lavender of any kind as I'm seriously allergic to it!.  I would also like to grow herbs, fruit and veg along side the flowers.  My main thing at the moment is that I need to grow in containers whilst I kill off my glorious jungle of very lush nettles and sow weed.

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  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 4,170

    Try sweet peas annuals with nice scent, night scented stock   

    Hampshire Gardener
  • One of the prettiest is the easy to grow Petunia.  The trailing 'Surfinia' varieties are widely available as plugs or you can grow from seed if you want a bit more of a challange.  They smell wonderful and give excellent displays in pots or hanging baskets etc.

    Night stock (Matthiola bicornis) is possibly the most fragrant plant which is easy from seed but is rather bland looking.

    One of my favourites from seed is Zaluzianskya capensis which open in the evening and release a magnificent and unique scent.image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you for the suggestions image

    I have a large greenhouse, so can grow from seed as well.  

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,711

    Alyssum has a wonderful honey scent.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    Nicotiana affinis, perennial but borderline hardy. I mostly grow as an annual. Lovely evening scent.

    Hesperis matronalis, sweet rocket, that's biennial though

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    Freesia has the most gorgeous scent. Its a bulb and worth a go.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Depends what you think of as fragrant we all differ. I love the smell of wallflowers, lily of the valley, night scented stock, old fashioned scented roses are a must.

    hate the smell of tête-à-tete and many of the Lily's, many scented shrubs are of short duration also many of the annuals rapidly lose their scent. Sweet peas if you choose the right ones will give three months if planted in sequence and cut as they flower.

    Fruit blossom, lilac, give a rich scent but here and gone in no time. You need to plan a rotation off scented plants, afraid one or two will not give what you want.

    Look scented plants up on google or if you have them the RHS books, I find them the best gardening books.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946

    The most fragrant flower I know is the Mignonette (Reseda odorata) - at one time grown in every village cottage garden - I remember walking past a garden and smelling it as a child.  Not the most showy of flowers, but it can perfume a whole garden, and it's a British native so good for insects.   This thread has reminded me and I shall order some seeds

    A bit more about it here

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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