How to Create a Scented Garden!
It’s not an accident that flowers are so attractive and have a distinctive scent, they are formed that way to attract wildlife for their survival. Bright purple is the most attractive colour for bees while honeysuckle’s flowers are specially designed to attract moths.
Bees will remember scent when they are rewarded with nectar and if you provide butterflies with the right environment they are sure to lay their eggs in your garden too.
Each flower has it’s own individual scent but they all fit into categories, take a look below at your favourite type of scent and which flowers produce it!
Sweet scents come from sugary nectar and green sap. These scents tend to be warm and comforting.
Light – Think of cottage gardens and delicate flowers such as roses, wisterias and violets.
Fruity – Quite obviously fruity scents come from fruit! Strawberries, gorse flowers and different types of scented sage.
Soft – A favourite of most gardeners, soft smells tend to be full and honeyed – you can almost see the bees buzzing around your honeysuckle, sweet peas and lilacs.
Intense scents come from concentrated nectar and oils combined. This is where the more unusual choclately scents come from, not what you always expect from the average garden!
Chocolate – One of the most individual and unique smells a flower can produce, chocolate cosmos and chocolate pelagonium are the obvious choices.
Dry scents come from a mixture of volatile oils, resins and sap. Dry scents mix sweet and spicy to create a refreshing smell.
Aromatic – Herbs have an extremely calming and cleansing effect on most people. Lavender, sage and thyme all mix sweet and woody notes together to create a wonderful affect.
Anesic – Most people know that fennel’s scent is extremely powerful, dill and chevril have a similar affect.
Fresh scents come from sap and volatile oils combining to make citrus, green and mint.
Citrus – Citrus sents come from lemons, limes and tomato leaf too. The scent is one we all know well and combines tangy, sweet and leafy notes.
Green – Freshly cut lawn is one of britain’s favourite smells. Green scents include clean, leafy and earthy notes. Tomato leaf, grass and box all have a green scent.
Minty – Herbs again are the most obvious source of a minty scent. Mint, nepeta and eucalyptus all give off a beautiful minty scent.
Planning your garden…
Once you’ve chosen your favourite scent you can start planning your scented garden. The best way to make the most of a scented garden is to make sure you plant where you can smell the fragrances. Try these following ideas…
1. Our sense of smell is directly connected to the part of our brain that controls our mood. Create a tranquil seating area using a garden bench and the right plants. Climbing roses above and behind you mixed with the chamomile and thyme beside you will create a relaxing and refreshing scent.
2. We all know that scents are more prevelant during the summer months. You can use this to your advantage by planting climbing wisteria or honeysuckle near a heat-retaining brick wall. Roses are the exception, they are much better suited to a cool area.
3. Some scents come into their own at dusk. If you spend a lot of time in your garden during the evenings, whether to eat dinner or simply sit and relax you should plant nicotiana, honeysuckle, jasmine and phlox. These plants are fragrant during the day but produce most of their scent in the evening.