There’s hardly anything that delights the eyes more than a well-tended garden — but what about a garden designed to delight the nose? A fragrance garden might be just the remedy for these stressful times.
You don’t need to be a gardening guru to grow good scents. You don’t even need a garden, because many fragrant plants grow just fine on a patio or balcony. Place them near where you spend the most time, where you’re likely to brush against them and encourage them to release their fragrance. Make groupings of bright flowers, or create an herb collection that invites touching (thus giving your fingers a treat, too). Try layering fragrances, with creeping thyme on the ground, carnations at knee level, peonies and lilies at waist level, and a lilac overhead.
Roses are a solid choice for a scented garden. They may smell as sweet by any other name, but which varieties smell the sweetest?
Master Rosarians Louis and Sally Rossetto serve on the Fort Vancouver Rose Society’s executive board and were eager to share their favorite fragrant varieties. Louis reeled off a list of strong-smelling roses, including Fragrant Cloud, Mr. Lincoln, Firefighter, Sweetness, Double Delight and the lavender-colored Barbra Streisand.
“Memorial Day is a good smeller,” Louis Rossetto said, “and there’s Pope John Paul, a beautiful white rose, and the yellow rose Radiant Perfume.”