Designing A Fragrant Flower Garden

by Amanda

pink peonies are a favorite fragrant flower

One of our favorite fragrant flowers, Peonies, paired with Iris.

Imagine stepping out your door and smelling your garden before you even see it. The multi-sensory joy that a fragrant flower garden offers to the gardener is unparalleled in the landscape. The key to having plenty of fragrant blooms – enough to bring inside by the armful to enjoy in vases – is making sure you’ve planned your fragrant flower garden to bloom from spring all the way into fall.

I’ll talk about some of my favorite fragrant varieties to plant for blooms all season long as well as tips for keeping your wonderful-smelling cut flowers last longer once you bring them indoors.

fragrant flower garden: butterfly bush and bee balm

Butterfly Bush and Bee Balm are a fantastic fragrant summer combination.

Designing A Fragrant Flower Garden: Blooms All Season Long

If you want to enjoy that spectacular scent of fragrant blooms all season long, you’ll want to make sure to add early, mid and late-season blooming varieties to your garden. This way you’ll not only have sweet fragrance, but color and interest in your garden from spring all the way into fall. Planning for season-long blooms is also the key to attracting pollinators to your fragrant garden. (Dual-purpose!)

Favorite Fragrant Flowers:

Bloom TimeCommon Name
Early Season Hyacinths
Early Season Peonies
Early Season Dianthus
Early Season Miniature Daffodils
Early Season Bearded Iris
Early Season Catmint
Mid Season Viola
Mid Season Bee Balm
Mid Season Phlox
Mid Season Freesia
Mid Season Milkweed
Mid Season Sweet Pea
Mid-Late Season Lavender
Mid-Late Season Daylilies
Mid-Late Season Agastache
Mid-Late Season Oriental Lilies
Mid-Late Season Butterfly Bush
 
 

Designing A Fragrant Flower Garden: Tips On Placing Plants

When designing your garden, make sure to put larger varieties towards the back of the garden if it is up against your home or a fence, or in the center if the garden is circular. Varieties that need deadheading to promote longer-lasting blooms (like Bee Balm) should be placed in an area that is easy to access. Before planting your perennials in the garden, make sure to measure the space needed between each plant so they have the best chance of success.

fragrant flower garden: preplanned garden

Our Fragrant Pre-Planned Garden comes with 3 planting diagrams for different bed shapes.

Designing An Easy, Fragrant Flower Garden: Get A Pre-Planned Garden!

Although designing and planting your own fragrant flower garden may sound like fun to you, if you’re a beginner gardener or too busy to take the time, our garden experts have designed one for you! The Fragrant Flower Garden is a collection of 26 fragrant perennials that create an easy, show-stopping statement in 72 sq feet. The garden comes with a complete plant list, planting instructions and three different planting maps to match your garden's layout.

 

fragrant flower garden: fragrant mix

Our Fragrant Wildflower Mix offers up easy, low maintenance blooms from spring until fall, year after year.

Designing A Low Maintenance Fragrant Flower Garden: Fragrant Wildflower Mixture

If you’re looking for an even easier way to get color and fragrance all season long, our Fragrant Wildflower Mix is the perfect choice. With both annual and perennial varieties, this mixture will burst with blooms in the first year and for years to come. Bonus: you’ll not only have plenty of blooms to cut and bring indoors, but you’ll also enjoy a parade of pollinators to your garden or meadow from spring until fall.

Favorite Fragrant Combinations

fragrant flower garden: grape hyacinths and daffodils

Grape Hyacinths and Daffodils are a fantastic spring fragrant combination.

fragrant flower garden: phlox and echinacea

Phlox and Echinacea make a great summer display.

fragrant flower garden: oriental lilies and russian sage

A co-worker planted Oriental Lilies, Russian Sage and Black Eyed Susan together for a winning summer combination.

How To Keep Flowers Fresh In A Vase:

  • Cut in the early morning or late in the evening. Cooler temperatures make it easier on the cut flower to make the transition from growth to your vase.
  • Choose blooms that are barely open. Flowers will open once put into water, so to ensure you’ll enjoy long-lasting color, cut flowers that have just opened or are about to open.
  • Clean water. This is important! Clean, fresh water is important to keep your cut flowers lasting longer. Change the water every day if possible.
  • The right temperature. Place your gorgeous bouquet in a cool area where it will last longer. Keep flowers away from hot windows or vents in the summer months.

fragrant flower garden: peony bouquet

Peonies are a classic cut flower.

fragrant flower garden: sweet pea

A co-worker used fragrant Sweet Pea as a delicate cut flower in her wedding. 

fragrant flower garden: phlox

Phlox is a fantastic summer cut flower.

Some of my favorite fragrant flowers to cut and bring indoors are PeoniesOriental LiliesFreesia and Hyacinths. These varieties all tend to last long in a vase.

  

fragrant flower garden: yarrow bouquet

Yarrow makes for a fabulous cut bouquet.

After you’re done picking out your favorite fragrant varieties to add to your garden and finished planting, you get to the best part: enjoying your fragrant flower garden! Sit and drink a cup of coffee (or a cocktail), letting the colors and fragrance take over your senses. Read a good book on a blanket in the summer months or enjoy a warm drink on a bench by your garden in the fall. With a long-lasting, colorful and fragrant garden, the possibilities for enjoyment are endless.

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