Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Afternoon Garden Club

Lonicera japonica 'Purpurea'

It’s FAC time in The Art Garden! Grab your favorite beverage and pull up a chair. You didn’t really want to work this afternoon anyway, did you? Leave a comment to join the garden party.

Today’s topic:

Does fragrance play an important role in your garden? What are your favorite plants for fragrance? How would you describe the scent?


erin said...

I like the butterfly bush that smells like honey and the thyme [? or something similar?] that smells like chocolate.
and the Japanese Lilac tree, that blooms later than old school purple lilacs.
And my favorite rose of all time is a Yellow called Toulouse Lautrec.

scents in the garden are important, they draw you in, make you slow down, and leave a memory that lasts long beyond the blooms and likely the plan it's self.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Hi, Erin, thanks for stopping by The Art Garden for FAGC! I love all of the plants you mentioned...I'm wondering if the chocolate scented plant that you're referring to is chocolate flower, Berlandiera lyrata. Berlandiera has a yellow, daisy-like flower and is native to our region. It's featured in the Plant Select program and should be available in most better garden centers. Who dosen't love the smell of chocolate?

I agree with you that fragrances can trigger memories--- positive ones, hopefully!

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

This spring we had big old hyacinths for the first time. Smelled like grandma's gardens. We have a bunch of miniature boxwoods in our potager and they smell like cat pee. My favorite though, is the lavender I have along side our front sidewalk.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Ooooh! Hyacinths and lavender---good choices. (Think I'll pass on the cat-pee boxwoods!) I made the mistake of planting my (too few) hyacinths too far from the house so I really don't get to appreciate their fragrance much. Lavender, however, is planted along several walkways so I can brush my hand against it as I walk by. Love it!
Thanks for stopping by, Jim...