Fragrant Plants

Q: You mentioned daphne in a recent article but can you list other fragrant plants that do well in our climate?

A: I don’t think I appreciated the value of landscape fragrance until the last few years in my garden. I was delighted a few weeks ago when I discovered, by nose alone, a newly blooming gardenia. Here is a list of fragrant plants that do well locally, in approximate order of blooming:

January

Winter honeysuckle – Lonicera fragrantissima

February

Daphne – Daphne odora

March – April

Koreanspice viburnum – Viburnum carlesii
Coastal flame azalea – Rhododendron austrinum
Piedmont azalea – Rhododendron canescens
Alabama azalea – Rhododendron alabamense
Lily of the valley – Convallaria majalis
Sweetshrub – Calycanthus florida

May

Confederate jasmine – Trachelospermum jasminoides
Rose – Rosa
Gardenia – Gardenia jasminoides

June – July

Southern magnolia – Magnolia grandiflora
Moonflower vine – Ipomea alba
Stargazer lily – Lilium x ‘Stargazer’
Flowering tobacco – Nicotiana alata
Summersweet azalea – Rhododendron viscosum
Ginger lily – Hedychium coronarium

August

Eleagnus – Elaeagnus umbellata
Osmanthus – Osmanthus fragrans

September

Sweet autumn clematis vine – Clematis maximowicziana

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