Looking for something different in your backyard or patio this summer? Try planting a scented garden!
Why Plant a Scented Garden?
Planting a fragrant garden creates a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere that stimulates the senses. Most of the time, we tend to appreciate plants for their visual appeal, but planting a garden specifically of scented plants gives you the opportunity to really enjoy a different aspect of plants–their fragrance! Scented plants are also particularly effective at attracting pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, so planting a fragrant garden is a great way to help out local wildlife.
Pro tip: place your most fragrant plants in areas that get a lot of traffic so that the scent will be noticed and appreciated often.
The Best Fragrant Plants
These are our favourite plants that are easy to grow and give off a beautiful scent.
Lavender is a classic and a favourite of many gardeners. These delicate purple flowers have a strong scent and are excellent for attracting bees. Even better? The scent actually repels less pleasant insects, such as mosquitoes and flies, so it will help keep your garden pest free as well as smelling lovely.
Hyacinth flowers give off a heady perfume and are one of the first flowers to bloom in early spring. They come in a wide variety of colours, so you can choose to stick to just one shade or plant a rainbow of flowers.
Planting a variety of herbs is a great way to add fragrance to your garden. Herbs like basil, rosemary, mint, thyme, and dill all have lovely scents that add an earthy, savory scent to the sweeter perfume of flowers growing nearby. Mint is a great herb for a scented garden because it comes in a ton of fun varieties like chocolate mint and pineapple mint, but we recommend planting your mint in a container without other plants because it tends to spread quickly and take over.
Don’t let the size of jasmine’s tiny, delicate flowers fool you. They come with a big punch of fragrance! These little flowers have a strong, sweet scent and the plant itself climbs and trails beautifully–perfect for a trellis or an elevated container.
Ready to start your own fragrant garden? Check out our variety of self-watering planters to make it even easier to grow your own scented patio garden.