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Fragrance All Year Round

Fragrance All Year Round

Fragrance All Year Round

Philadelphus, ‘Mock Orange’ – image copyright diygarden

Now that the days are getting longer, a variety of blossom and Magnolia blooms are in abundance across Bristol. Whether out in your garden, walking through a city park, country estate, or wandering down country lanes, smelling the wonderful aromas from plants and flowers fill us with memories of days gone by and raise our spirits.

We thought we’d share some of our favourite fragrant plants to inspire you…

Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile,’ otherwise known as the ‘Mock Orange’ is a heavenly plant, not only for it’s beautiful bowl shaped white flowers, but also for it’s arching habit, which looks stunning winding its way through other plants or can be grown over an archway or arbour. It grows to 1.5m height and can be planted in full sun or partial shade. The flowers which appear in late spring and early summer are highly fragrant and an absolute joy to have in any garden.

Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine’

Syringa vulgaris ‘Madame Lemoine,’ a lilac, is a bushy medium sized deciduous shrub, with heart shaped leaves and panicles of fragrant double white flowers in spring and summer. As they are from the Olive family they require full sun with well drained soil, and will grow to a height and spread of 4m.

Lonicera ‘Fragrant Cloud’

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Fragrant Cloud’ is a stunning ruby red and white honeysuckle. The sweet scent of the flowers fills the air from June to September, making them an ideal climber during summer and autumn. They will grow up to 3m in height and require full sun to partial shade.

Trachelospermum ‘Pink Showers’ – image copyright

Trachelospermum jasminoides, or the ‘Star Jasmine’ is a favourite climber of mine as its an evergreen, will tolerate a shady site, and because I am lucky to have one in my back garden. I love smelling the scent of it’s flowers through our open kitchen window during the summer.

A few years ago a new variety ‘Pink Showers’ became available, which was exciting because at the time the other varieties were white or cream in colour. This pretty pastel pink would brighten up any garden – it would look wonderful twining across a trellis, arch or obelisk, and could be planted in a large container or planted next to a south facing wall. It requires a well drained, fertile soil.

Sarcococca confusa

Sarcococca confusa, also known as Sweet, or Christmas Box is a compact, bushy evergreen shrub which prefers partial to full shade, so it’s great for the darker parts of the garden. The fragrant white flowers really shine out from the shade during the winter months. The flowers are followed by glossy black berries in the summertime. It can be used for hedging or as a stand-alone shrub, and grows to a height of 2.5m with a spread of 1.5m.

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ – image copyright Gardenista

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn,’ also known as Arrow-wood is a large deciduous upright shrub, with clusters of light pink and white flowers that bloom between autumn and spring. They prefer full a full sun to partial shade position and grow to a height of 2.5m with a spread of 1.5m. They really brighten up the garden during the winter months, are low maintenance and tolerate hard pruning.

Rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’

We thought we’d also include a couple of beautifully perfumed roses. When buying roses always use a reputable nursery. We always buy from David Austin, as the roses they grow are without doubt the best of the best.

‘Gertrude Jekyll’ is a bright pink sumptuous medium sized shrub rose that grows to a height of 1.2m. Its strong, old rose scented blooms flower continuously between summer and autumn. It requires a full sun position with a fertile, moist but well-drained soil.

This is a versatile, very popular rose is named after the famous horticulturalist / garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, who was one of the most influential partnerships with the Arts and Crafts movement of the 20th century. This was due to her association with Edwin Lutyens, for whom she created many landscapes.

‘Lady of Shalott’ – image copyright freshcutky

We simply adore the colour of this salmon pink rose with its chalice shaped blooms. It is a repeat flowering rose with a warm tea fragrance. It can be planted in shady areas as well as in full sun, and can be used within hedging or in a mixed border. This disease resistant rose will grow to a height and spread of 1.3m and flowers from late spring towards autumn.

The name is of course taken from the famous poem published in 1832 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and was named to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The little isle is all inrail’d
With a rose-fence, and overtrail’d
With roses: by the marge unhail’d
The shallop flitteth silken sail’d,
       Skimming down to Camelot.
A pearl garland winds her head:
She leaneth on a velvet bed,
Full royally apparelled,
       The Lady of Shalott.
Part I, excerpt, ‘The Lady of Shalott.’
‘The Lady of Shalott’ Pre-Raphaelite painting by John William Waterhouse, 1888. Online image copyright