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A few years ago, I bought a small butterfly bush and planted it in a pot near my entrance. It is one of the plants that came back after the fire and now lives on my boat but in a new pot. I’m not sure if it’s Buzz Hot Raspberry or Lo & See Pink Microchip but it is fully blooming and will continue until I fall head over heels. The swallowing butterflies love it and the scent is so sweet and strong that I can smell it through an open window.

The fragrance in flowers is a natural way to encourage flowering. Just as it attracts you to take a deep breath, it inspires insects to hide under leaves. Some flowers are fragrant at night and attract pollen at night like moths, while others are more fragrant during the day and attract insects such as bees and butterflies. The fragrance itself is made up of essential oils, which are easily absorbed and absorbed by the air.

The aromatic chemistry complex and the scent of any flower come from more than one chemical compound. These molecules are found in different combinations of plants, but they are often very similar, which is why there are roses that smell like wine and roses that smell like licorice. Our nose can detect those chemical compounds that have a significant effect on the smell. Often a particular molecule contributes significantly.

For example, some roses are derived from rose oxide and others from beta-damassonom or rose ketones. These molecules are identified by the very, very low concentration in our nostrils. Carnations, violets, flowers, chrysanthemums, hyenas – all have their own compounds that contribute to their disease.

Surprisingly, when we get used to the same scent, our brain produces it. A combination of ionones in violet and rose oil can reduce our sense of smell, which is primarily due to the receptors. This closure is only temporary and ionones may soon be re-identified and registered as a new fragrance.

Keep fragrant plants that you can enjoy throughout the season. The power of fragrances varies greatly, so consider the strength of the fragrance when deciding where to place a plant. Fragrances such as sweet peas. Lemon verbena, fragrant geranium and chocolate cosmos have a wonderful aroma outside the back door. Add a strong scent to the boat, swimming pool, spa, dining area or gazebo. Stargazer flowers, jasmine, lilac, daphne, citrus and peonies all need to stay a little longer.

Many easy-to-grow shrubs have fragrant flowers as an added bonus. The Mexican choisya ternata blooms most of the year. Pittosporum eugenoides, tenuifolium and tobira all have tiny flowers that smell like oranges. So. Fragrant olives (Osmantus frafrances) A ​​small cluster of flowers with a nice apricot scent.

Other fragrant plants include Philadelphia Lewis (wild mock orange), a native of California. Calcantes Ovents (Spice Bush) is native to the mountains of Central and Northern California. Their fragrant burgundy flowers smell like red wine. Ribs viburnifolium, carpenteria californica and rosa californica are also slightly fragrant.

In the spring, there may be nothing more spectacular than the Westeria grapes, with fragrant purple, pink, blue, or white clusters that cover the pasture or pergola. Rosemary, like Evergreen Clematis, is another fragrant vine with fragrant flowers.

I can’t give up the old fashioned fringe or diance. Their fragrant flowers are abundant and make them a perfect addition to a mixed floral border and container.

The list goes on and on. Magnolia.

Be sure to include fragrant herbs that emit fragrances at night, especially after dark. Most of the fragrant flowers have white flowers, so these plants light up the landscape at night. The angelic trumpet (Bugmania) is one of the jasmine flowers that blooms like tobacco and blooms at night.

Plant vines for fragrance in your garden. Evergreen clematis (clematis armandii) blooms in spring with beautiful white fragrant flowers above dark green leaves. Clematis Montana is another type of clematis that is covered in vanilla-scented pink flowers in spring. Caroline and jasmine fragrant yellow clusters are most common from late winter to spring.

Ideally, when finished, your garden will smell like a fragrant perfume. The top note will be a flower – jasmine, honey forest, rose. The centerpiece will be spices such as Heliotrope or Violet Petunia vanilla or Dianatus Crancha. Finally, the fragrances below, such as Artemisia, sage, and santolina, give strength.

Every inch of the garden does not need a pleasant aroma, but a wave or two of the real plant can turn a garden into a magical one.

Lan Nelson, a landscape designer and certified child care professional in California, answers questions about gardening in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Email her [email protected], Or visit

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