How can I have a FRAGRANT, shady garden on a balcony?

I've tried impatiens, petunias, snap dragons, pansies and nothing turns out right. Too much shade. My balcony faces north with a big overhanging roof. What can I plant that will survive, look nice and be fragrant??
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 15, 2017
    There are many shade plants ,however not fragrant.The flowers you choose need full sun. Try annuals such as Coleus,New Guniea Impatients,Non-stop begonias,Caladiums.Add in some tropical house plants,ferns,Dracaenas,Snake plants,Pothos,Chinese evergreen. All will give you color and make a nice inviting display.
  • Judy Langer Judy Langer on May 15, 2017
    Thank you for your ideas.
  • Mat3813597 Mat3813597 on May 16, 2017
  • Johnchip Johnchip on May 16, 2017
    Remember to turn your planters often so they get what sun you have on both sides.
  • Ksn1854808 Ksn1854808 on May 16, 2017
    Geraniums in different colors plus you can bring them inside in the fall. Also I personally like the smell of them. If you get some kind of smallish trellis you could try smells divine :) It may quickly try and take over your balcony, so you may want to keep it trimmed back early on.
  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on May 16, 2017
    There are actually some hostas that provide great fragrance. Two of them are "Aphrodite" and "Guacamole". Both thrive in shade, and will come back year after year.
  • Judy Langer Judy Langer on May 16, 2017
    Thank you Michele. I'll go look for them.
  • Judy Langer Judy Langer on May 16, 2017
    I'd love Jasmine but in Illinois, I can't get it.