Fragrant flowers to enjoy from your Breeze House
When it comes to enjoying your beautiful garden from the comfort of your Breeze House, it’s safe to say that we all tend to think we appreciate beauty with only our sight. And yet, when we are in our garden during a pleasant weekend or relaxing after a hard day, it can often be the sounds and smells of the outdoors that really evoke that feeling of calm.
And that’s why we’ve put together this quick-stop guide of fragrant flowers for you to introduce to your garden to enhance the experience when in your Breeze House. So take a seat, close your eyes and let the floral scents relax you.
This is one of the most frequently planted varieties because it has a delicious scent. The flowers are a delightful pink / white mix, produced in January to March. It forms a neat, dense, rounded shape and requires very little care.
Burkwoodii (a hybrid) is typically light purple. A delicious scent is present and in good years the main flush of flowers in May is often followed by more flowers in September. It does naturally drop some leaves in summer time but these soon grow back.
Choisya X Dewitteana Aztec Gold
This is a beautiful, evergreen shrub that will bring exciting colour to the garden throughout the entire season with its fine green-golden waxy leaves and almond-scented white star-shaped flowers that emerge in spring and early summer and then again usually in the autumn. Aztec Gold is a relatively new variety of Choisya and is a prolific bloomer. It is popular as an ornamental shrub because of its propensity to flower and its lovely sweet smelling foliage.
Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’
This has dense arching branches up to 6 to 8 feet tall with a spread of 12 feet. The small dark green deeply veined leaves can appear almost black from a distance. In early spring the burgundy coloured buds add a reddish glow to the plant before opening to produce some of the brightest cobalt blue flowers of any plant, with a honey like scent.
Viburnum tinus is a dense evergreen shrub with dark and oval, glossy leaves, which contrast beautifully with fragrant, dome-shaped, pure white flower clusters, which emerge from, pink buds from December to May followed by dark black fruit. It’s a popular choice for hedging but may also be grown as a specimen shrub in a mixed border.
Deutzia ‘Chardonnay Pearls’
Add season long colour to the garden with this hardy easy growing, bright plant. Numerous pearl-like buds burst into attractive star-shaped fragrant flowers in spring. When the flowers have faded, this plant continues to shine with its bright yellow foliage. Growth is strong but compact; creating a wonderful small shrub that is equally at home in the shrub border or the perennial garden.
Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Pallida’ (witch hazel)
In winter, this hardy deciduous shrub has clusters of sweetly scented, sulphur-yellow flowers clinging to bare twigs. In autumn, the bright green leaves turn spectacular shades of yellow, orange and red. It is a lovely specimen plant for a sunny winter border or woodland edge, where its fragrance can be appreciated. The flowering twigs can be cut to perfume rooms in winter.
This is also known as the evergreen magnolia. This broad conical shaped tree has glossy dark green leaves producing a large showy, cream cup-shaped flower, which is highly fragrant, from later summer to early autumn. Plant in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered position in an East, West or South-facing garden.
English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
This has been a mainstay of herb gardens for many years. Its flowers and foliage are highly aromatic and are often used for culinary purposes. A beautiful, fragrant evergreen plant for compact hedges in contemporary design or traditional cottage display.
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
This is a small evergreen shrub with grey green pine-like needles and blue or white flowers that have a wonderful scent. Its pungent flavor can be used in a variety of culinary dishes, which makes it an indispensable kitchen herb. Rosemary is an evergreen, perennial shrub that thrives in good soil in full sun.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Lemon balm is a culinary, cosmetic, medicinal and aromatic herb. It’s considered one of the top five medicinal herbs for sleep problems, and has been used as a sedative and anti-anxiety herb for centuries and its scent is delicate and sweet. Although it’s a plant in the mint family, it doesn’t smell the least bit minty. If you keep it near a walk or garden gate, it will release fragrance when visitors brush past it
Peony – Duchesse de Nemours’
This variety is one of the oldest and most famous double white peonies. It has pure, spotless ivory flowers, lemony green at the base, with the scent of lily of the valley. It’s easy to grow and a mass bloom producer, which makes it, an excellent cut flower.
Peony – ‘Bowl Of Beauty’
Mid to late flowering with a height of 90 cm and one of the most famous of herbaceous peonies and deservedly so as it flowers for almost twice as long as others, with many budded stems and flowers opening one after another for more than a month. It also has delicious scent.
Peony – Felix Crousse
Large, richly scented globular shaped flowers, magenta purple in colour that are produced throughout the early summer. An absolute must-have for any garden.
Peony – Shirley Temple
One of the best and all-time favourite garden peonies. Exceptionally large, fragrant blooms opening blush pink then maturing to the purest white are produced throughout late spring into early summer. Foliage is a deep green and provides a perfect backdrop to the stunning blooms.
Nepeta x faassenii (Catmint)
This is versatile and complements almost any garden style. It starts blooming lavender blue late in spring and keeps going till frost—and the foliage smells heavenly when you brush past it.
So whilst we wait with eager anticipation for the clocks to spring forward so we can start enjoying our gardens more late into the evening, it’s time to get busy during the day, planning and planting beautiful fragrant flowers. Send us photos of your fragrant garden and let us know how you get on!