Plants for an Aromatic Garden

aromatic plants
Photo by Charlotte Coneybeer

When enjoying the cool evening breeze on your wraparound porch or patio sitting area, surround yourself with soothing fragrances. Growing aromatic plants in your garden can soothe the body, mind, and soul, as many fragrances have natural meditative qualities.

Top four aromatic plants for your garden

Lavender

To begin with, let’s discuss lavender. Even though lavender is most fecund in a dry, sunny, rocky environment, it’s too hard to resist. Lavender plants are generally pretty hardy and can tolerate most growing conditions, though does best in full sun and warm soil. To foster a strong fragrance, use chalky, alkaline soil. The aroma of lavender has been known—and proven by studies—to have a calming effect on the senses, including a decrease in blood pressure!

Lilac

The recognizable scent of lilacs is another popular choice. Even more popular since introduced in 2009, is the Bloomerang Lilac. This lilac re-blooms. The first heavy bloom happens at the beginning of Spring–maybe one of the first in your garden to make your home smell like spring. Then, the flower re-blooms in July and continues to frost. What we love about the consistent bloom is that you can cut these and place the flower in bunches in your home throughout the summer. This lilac does best in fertile, well-drained soils, in a cooler area, preferably above zone 7.

Pineapple Sage

Perhaps the most uniquely fragrant is the pineapple sage plant. The foliage on this plant smells like—you guessed it–a sweet, ripe pineapple! These are abundant in size (growing up to four feet tall) and can overwhelm your garden, aromatically. The saccharine smell comes from the red blooms in late summer and fall. If you live in a warmer climate, the blooms will continue all winter! As for soil, the pineapple sage does best in sandy soil, allowing it to tolerate temperatures down to twenty degrees.

Gardenia

Finally, the gardenia is also among the most popular, also known as cape jasmine. This is most known for its Asian abundance, but you can have it in your own backyard! These do best in hot climates in constantly moist soil. Gardenias require the equivalent to an inch of rain per week. For best results, treat the gardenia with acidifying fertilizer once a month. Perhaps one of the most attractive features of this flower aside from its beautiful white foliage and softly pleasant aroma is that fact that it’s an evergreen plant. Enjoy the deep green leaves all year long.

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