by Amanda

My Shirley Temple Peonies just opened their snow white blooms and my first instinct was to lean down and take a breath of their intoxicating scent. The sweet fragrance of blooms adds a lovely sensory element to your garden bursting in color. Scatter fragrant perennials and spring bulbs throughout your garden to enjoy the wonderful, sweet scent all season – Both outside in your garden and brought inside for beautiful, sweet-smelling bouquets.

Perennials that will take off in the first year and provide years of growth, blooms, and wonderful fragrance are Peonies, Butterfly Bushes, Dianthus (Carnations), Bee Balm, Clematis, Phlox and Lavender (of course!). Try staggering bloom times and arranging plants in different areas of the garden, to provide a lingering fragrance throughout.

Spring Bulbs are famous for their gorgeous, show-stopping blooms, but many also provide a treat for the nose with their powerful fragrance. Try planting any variety of Oriental Lily, Peruvian Daffodils, Belladonna Lilies or Naked Ladies, and Baboon Flowers. These bulbs will not only make a striking statement with their beautiful blooms, but help to add fragrance to your garden.

For all you wildflower lovers, there are plenty of wildflower options that will create both a wonderful, eye-catching meadow and fragrance to your property. Try varieties such as Dame’s Rocket, Sweet Pea, Bird’s Eye, Lavender Hyssop, Bee Balm, and Moon Flower.

Can’t decide which varieties to plant for your fragrant meadow? Try our Fragrant Wildflower Mixture, comprised of 16 different wildflowers that will create a sweet, rainbow of color for years and years.

There is a special connection between the scent of a familiar flower and the memory it brings to mind. Create new memories for you, your loved ones, and guests by planting fragrant flowers throughout your garden.

Happy Gardening!

  1. Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme, Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange, close up of lavender-pink flower spikes

    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergree...

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    Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange
    As low as $13.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergreen foliage in early summer, attracting pollinators. Its low-growing habit is perfect between stepping stones where it can handle light foot traffic, along the front of a border, or in a container. (Thymus)
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  2. Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia

    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry ...

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    Russian Sage Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
    As low as $11.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry climates and is drought tolerant once established. Very attractive to pollinators, find a spot for this beautiful specimen where its gentle colors and loose shape can play a supporting role to bolder perennials, like coneflowers, rudbeckia and liatris. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  3. Oriental Lily Bulbs Salmon Star

    'Salmon Star' Oriental Lily has 6" trumpet-shaped blooms in white with peach striping and rusty red spots. Blooms early and produces the heavenly fragrance Oriental lilies are famous...

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    Salmon Star® Oriental Lily Bulbs Salmon Star® Oriental Lily Lilium orientalis Salmon Star®
    $16.98 Sale $12.99
    Per Bag of 3
    'Salmon Star' Oriental Lily has 6" trumpet-shaped blooms in white with peach striping and rusty red spots. Blooms early and produces the heavenly fragrance Oriental lilies are famous for. At just under 3 feet in height and without much width to speak of, 'Salmon Star' is container-friendly and a great choice for tight spaces. (Lilium)
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  4. Fragrant Peony Collection

    While many peonies are known for their pleasing scent, the Fragrant Peony Collection includes the sweetest smelling varieties we know! 'Festiva Maxima' with its double-white blooms d...

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    Fragrant Peony Collection Fragrant Peony Collection Paeonia
    $109.98 Sale $79.99
    Per Collection of 3
    While many peonies are known for their pleasing scent, the Fragrant Peony Collection includes the sweetest smelling varieties we know! 'Festiva Maxima' with its double-white blooms dashed with crimson smells divine. 'Bartzella', an Itoh hybrid, is famous for its lemon-scented flowers. And 'Pink Hawaiian Coral' is an award-winning, semi-double bloomer noted for its fragrance and notched petals. Plant these where you can smell them!
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