SWANSEA LIFE ARTICLE // SCENTED PLANTS

Scented plants are a great addition to any garden – check out my article in August’s Swansea Life for some fragrant ideas!

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Scented plants

Scented plants have the most amazing ability to add an entirely different dimension to a garden. A simple space can be transformed with the addition of one or two gorgeous smelling flowers or shrubs- so if you’ve only got space for one or two plants on your patio, let them be scented!

Many popular garden plants are known for their lovely scent, such as roses, honeysuckle and sweet peas, and so often it’s the scent of these flowers that evoke wonderful memories. Scented flowers are a great addition to the garden and many have the added benefit of also being attractive to bees and butterflies.

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Hot summers days are made even more perfect by the addition of some lovely scented flowers – as their scent will be stronger on warm days.

It’s a good idea to stagger the scent in your garden so that you can enjoy each individual fragrance- perhaps choose plants that will flower at different times of year, or if you have a big garden you could plant several scented plants to enjoy in different parts of the garden.

Scented plants are not just for warm summer days- you can plant some fabulous winter scented shrubs too such as Daphne, Sarcococca (sweet box) and Hamamelis (witch hazel) which help bring some much needed cheer to a gloomy winter’s day.

And it’s not just flowers that will produce lots of lovely scent in your garden- the fragrant leaves of rosemary, lavender, sage and mint are wonderful when you brush past them (plant them near a path) and you could even plant a wonderfully scented tree- such as an eucalyptus!

Here are a few of my all-time scented favourites….

Trachelospermum jasminoides
Also known as star jasmine, this evergreen climber is perfect for providing screening and will be happiest grown up a sheltered wall in full sun or partial shade. The tiny white star shaped flowers have the most amazing jasmine fragrance.

Thymus serpyllum
Creeping thyme is a lovely ground cover plant that is perfect for growing at the front of a sunny border, edge of a path or even in the gaps between paving slabs. It has beautiful purple flowers in the summer which are fantastic for the bees as well as smelling lovely!

Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Charles Lamont’

There are a huge variety of gorgeous scented Viburnum cultivars, but ‘Charles Lamont’ is definitely worth a mention- it is a medium sized deciduous shrub which produces clusters of sweetly smelling pale pink flowers on bare stems from Autumn through to Spring.


Victoria writes an article each month in Swansea Life magazine about all things gardening. Click here to view her other articles.