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GARDENING

EASY SWEET AROMA

Grow a Fragrant Garden Project Started With These Plants
Story and photos by Joshua Kornegay, owner of Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques

When you’re wanting a fragrance garden the first thing that comes to mind are roses,  right?  Sure they’re sweet smelling but there are many other plants to consider.  Here’s a few of our favorites.

“Angel’s Trumpet” (Brugmansia sueveolens) are a great choice.  These offer a variety of long pendulous blooms up to 14” long in pinks, salmons, orange and the classic white p[pictured here.  Around dusk they’re fully open and emit a most powerful heavy sweetness that can be picked up across the entire garden (even your neighbors.)  This family of plants are very easy to grow in dappled shade or mostly sun in almost any soil and bloom several cycles per year.

Another ol’ fashioned favorite is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (Brunfelsia florabunda.)  A southern classic shrub-like woody perennial for even the brownest of thumbs.  Mostly a Spring bloomer, you will never forget the spectacular show and sweet aroma.  The three colors on the same plant , white, lavender and purple are stunning. (Hence the name) and can grow to an 8foot by 8 foot mound.  Responds well to hard pruning if your space doesn't allow.

Best for last, “Almond Verbena” (Aloysia virgata) forms a large shrub or small tree to 15 feet or so.  Usually pruned hard or sculpted into a more practical size and shape and fine in ordinary soils.  Practically a year-round bloomer of 3” spikes of tiny white flowers makes this a must as it also attracts butterflies , bees and hummingbirds.

Try these if you’re a big fan of sweet smells. Plus, they’re much easier to keep than roses !
Remember, work less, enjoy more!

Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques, Inc. can be found at 502 West 18th, 713-862-7444, www.joshuasnativeplants.net

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