Interior Design and Redesign

Monday, June 12, 2006

Interior Redesign: Scented Gardens

To evoke happy memories of the past, don't overlook the value of a well scented garden - or beautiful scents in your home.

I returned home yesterday from a seminar to the beautiful aroma of garden flowers in my kitchen, all brought to me by the scented oil fragrance coming from one of my plug-ins.

But before I even got in the front door, I walked past my night blooming jasmine filling my entire front garden with such a sweet fragrance. I just love this time of year.

When planning your scented garden, select plants that bloom at different times of the year so that you always smell something good out there. But don't limit yourself to flowers. You can get wonderful aromas from some leaves, shrubs, trees and vines.

Be sure to place heavily scented plants (particularly if they bloom at the same time of year) apart from one another or their combined scents might become overwhelming.

Enclose your garden with a fence to hold in the fragrance. Reflected heat from a wall or your home can help intensify scents.

Plant the larger, more dense fragrant shrubs in the back of the garden to act as a windbreak.

Be sure to plant scented flowers around windows and doorways. Place night time scented plants around your bedroom windows. Jasmine and gardenias are perfect for this.

Two other good plant choices are mock orange, which blooms in the summer and lilac trees. Other plants to try: chocolate cosmos, winter daphne, hybrid tea roses, sweet autumn clematis.


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