You’ll be glad this time next year, if this Spring you plant these scented shrubs I’ve pictured, preferably in your front garden area.
There are some wonderful smells down our front path right now. That’s because over the years I have planted shrubs for just that purpose and they come into their own now.
Scented snowdrops or miniature iris in a pot are all very well to sniff at but if you want your whole garden to smell like a perfume shop then these shrubs below will do the job.
Here are some to choose from:
You can see here the size of the shrub and how close it is to the path.
See below how tiny the flowers are but their scent fills the whole garden from December through to March.
These tiny white flowers fill the whole front garden with a lovely scent of vanilla/honey/marshmallow.
Yes it’s currently a stick with pink flowers on it but those pink flowers smell fantastic and give scent as you walk down the path. That’s why it’s there. Again the smell is of sweet vanilla marshmallow.
It’s nothing to look at admittedly but you can’t have everything.
Lonicera- winter honeysuckle
This is the best most fantastic winter scent shrub. It’s ugly, it’s ungainly, it’s spready, it’s woody but I think it’s what gardening is all about.
See, not much to look at, in fact quite a messy jumble of twiggy growth by the pavement under a fir tree invaded by common euphorbia at ground level.
But look at these tiny flowers hiding under the boring leaves.
Those tiny flowers give off a honeysuckle scent in the middle of winter however cold it gets and that scent wafts to passers by who wonder where it’s coming from. Different varieties might flower at slightly different times thru the winter and may be bigger or smaller but they are all fabulous and easy to buy. We have another one right by the front door.
Just don’t expect it to be a beautiful specimen plant. It’s basically a tangle of twigs but every garden could benefit from it.
Dahlias and roses
will have their time in the sun later on but right now, these scented shrubs lift spirits and give such joy to us, to visitors and to passers-by. You can buy them mail order, plant them in the Spring and you’ll be enjoying them next winter.
Here’s to a lovely gardening year for us all in 2020.
And here is what I wrote about in the garden this time last year.