Plant These 5 Fabulously Fragrant Flowers & Sweeten up Your Garden!
Flowers have an amazing array of charms when you know what to look for, from night-blooming beauties, to the stars of irresistible wreaths and sachets, to butterfly- and hummingbird-whisperers, survival experts, and even tasty treats. These 5 blooms top our list because their divine scents will draw you into your garden, and make spending time on your deck or in your hammock a delight for your nose as well as your soul. And did we mention that they look beautiful, too? Read on to discover our top 5 fabulously fragrant flowers, and pamper your senses!
Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) produces a lovely scent that drifts through the air and reaches your nose in spite of this plant's low-to-the-ground profile. Alyssum produces large numbers of small, 4-petalled blooms that can be pink, purple, or white, from early spring until fall.
If you're looking for an exotic beauty with a mouth-watering scent, look no further. Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) is an absolutely striking flower that originates in Mexico.
Dianthus are a longtime favorite with gardeners. Their lovely blossoms (see photo above) are made even better by their spicy fragrance and attractive foliage. Dianthis is a large family of flowers, most of which are perennial in a large range of climates. Dianthius x allwoodii, for example, is perennial in USDA hardiness zones 4a to 10a, which spans from the upper Midwest to Florida. Dianthius x allwoodii can produce pink, red or white blooms, attracts butterflies, and has lovely, silvery foliage. Dianthus also makes wonderful bouquets and dried arrangements.
Wisteria (Wisteria futescens) is a climbing vine that produces dangling bundles of beautiful flowers that almost resemble bunches of grapes, and can grow up to 3 feet long (see photo above). Wisteria blooms can be blue, lavender, purple or white, which gives this flower extra points, considering that blue can be a challenging color to find. Wisteria is perfect to grow on gazebos, arbors, pergolas or trellises, and can cover structures enough to offer privacy. On the other hand, you'll need to prune wisteria to keep it from taking over everything. Wisteria also attracts butterflies. If you're looking for a beautiful, sweet-smelling vine to greet you next spring, plant some wisteria this fall! Wisteria is perennial in USDA hardiness zones 5b to 9a, which covers much of the contiguous U.S., except cooler areas such as the upper Midwest and parts of New England.