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Favorite lavenders and other strongly scented plants

RainbowfishRainbowfish Posts: 276

I love scented plants. I know that I want lots of them in my garden.

I do have 2 beautiful standard roses with amazing scent (from our wedding) and I have bought a some small lavender plants (edelweis, hidcote and rosea) ready to go into my new garden.

What other fragrant plants do you love that you would recommend to a new gardener?



  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,439

    I'm a lover of a scented garden also, keeps the bees interested! I'm new to gardening and only started at then end of march but have had real success with an obelisk of sweet peas, the more you cut the more they come so you get a scented house too! image

  • RainbowfishRainbowfish Posts: 276

    Sounds like a  fantastic idea. What varieties have you grown?

  • HCAHCA Posts: 129

    I like Sarcoccoca species (Winter Box), great scent in early spring, late winter.  Most of the Daphnes are good but Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' and Daphne odora 'Aureovariegata are in my opinion amongst the best.  Some of the Viburnums are great, Viburnum carlesii and Viburnum bitchuense take some beating.  In summer the Philadelphus (Mock Orange) are mostly good but some of the new selections of Philadelphus maculatus are outstanding.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    Nicotiana affinis is just turning on. A great evening scent but could do with some warmer, stiller evenings to appreciate it,

    I agree with sarcococca which is easy and reliable. Daphnes have the scent but not always so reliable.

    Honeysuckle, but make sure it's a good scented one

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,439

    Hmm good question, I lost the packet I planted the seeds from and the label is lost amongst a mass of sweet peas! image but if I can grow them then anyone can! image

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,439

    I agree But, the Nicotiana have lovely scent in the evenings, I have those and night scented stock scattered about, often gardening til gone 9.30 pm, lovely to have that scent accompany me image

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,050

    Jasmine, can't be beaten on a warm summer evening.

    Lilac in the spring


    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • RainbowfishRainbowfish Posts: 276

    These all sound fantastic. Lots of googling to do image

    nutcutlet do you know of any varieties of honeysuckle to look out for?


    Nicotiana and night scented stock sound fantastic. Perfect for relaxing in the evening after a hard day at work image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    Rainbowfish, I have 'Graham Thomas' and he is niicely scented. A friend has 'Scentsation', ghastly name, fantastic scent.

    I read once that for nicotiana the nearer the colour is to white, the better the scent. Not proven conclusively but N. affinis is white and so is N. sylvestris, both fantastic. I had some pretty little yellow ones with no scent at all. This year I've grown N. mutabilis but too soon to comment.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,439

    The Nicotiana that I have is a very pale lime and dusky pink/ cream combo, they are really quite strongly scented, I have no comparison though as they are the first I've grown, certainly not the last though! image

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