Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses

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A fragrance garden is something very special, because fragrant aromatic plants pamper our senses from spring to late autumn. The lovely touch of the lilac puts us in a quiet romantic mood, while the fresh citrus aroma of many herbs has a stimulating effect. The selection of shrubs, perennials and herbs is so large that you can revel in the fragrance garden from spring to fall in the most wonderful flavors.

Tip: Do not put all the aromatic plants in a bed, but distribute them in the garden. So you can enjoy the individual aromatic plants much better when walking through your green kingdom or on cozy summer evenings on the terrace. In addition, you should place plants with a delicate aroma protected, for example, in front of a dense yew hedge, so that the smell does not dissipate so quickly in the wind.

Fragrance garden during the year

Spring begins with the sweet note of hyacinths, poet daffodils and scent violets that feel comfortable not only in the bed, but also in pots. So you can set up in the spring on the terrace a small scent oasis. In May and June, not only lilac and roses lure into the garden, but the sweet smell of the pipe shrub (Philadelphus) then fills the warm evening air. Varieties such as 'Dame Blanche' and 'Belle Etoile' are only 150 centimeters wide and are therefore ideal for small gardens aromatic plants.
If you like it more discreetly, choose Phlox phlox (Phlox divaricata) or Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora hybrids) for its shrub bed. But only some peonies such as 'Festima Maxima' or 'Primevere' spoil you with a sweet scent. Also with the Phlox paniculata, which blooms starting from July, one must select the correct varieties, otherwise one is disappointed by odorless blooms. The varieties 'Anne', 'Pallas Athene' and 'village joy' are intensely fragrant. The smell of the Indian armchair will inspire you.

Scent of rose petals

During a walk in the garden one likes to stay with the fragrant roses

In the summer seasoning herbs such as sage, lavender, rosemary and thyme spread their most intense aroma. Often, however, one must first rub their leaves so that they reveal their fragrance. If you do not want to stoop so low as to pick a few leaves or hold your nose against the lavender flowers, create a small raised bed.
Tip: A special experience is to walk on an apple-scented lawn of Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum). Also, the pads of thyme tolerate it, if you occasionally enter.
The climbing rose 'New Dawn' exudes its apple fragrance until the fall. Winter Scented Snowball (Viburnum farreri) opens its first vanilla-scented blooms in November. He will have his main flowering time in early spring.

Design proposal for a small fragrance garden

Drawing fragrance garden

The approximately 100 square meter garden offers plenty of space for various aromatic plants, which are particularly tempting in early summer

On the terrace the angel trumpet opens its first flowers. The container plant must be overwintered frost-free. The terrace is adjoined by a bed of aromatic herbs, which give off their aroma in the midday sun. In the gravel area grow upholstery of Roman chamomile, whose fragrance is released when entering. The white pipe shrub shrouds the whole garden in its sweet fragrance on mild evenings. Pretty look next to the three evergreen book balls. Already in May you can enjoy the typical scent of the lilac on the small bench. In the shade of the shrub, a carpet of aromatic woodruff may also spread; In March there are scent violets. It is necessary to wait for the fragrant flowers of a flame flower till July. The perennial is then accompanied by the girl's eye. The white peony 'Festima Maxima' is framed by roses. If you want to plant a fragrant variety, choose 'Augusta Luise' in Apricot, 'Nostalgia' in creamy white with a cherry red border or 'Rococo' in cream yellow. The honeysuckle has conquered a trellis and offers privacy to the neighboring garden.

Fragrance plants for your fragrance garden

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Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: plants

Romantic mood promises the end of May, the lilac. Its picturesque growth and lush blossoms not only decorate country house gardens

Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: garden

Until the autumn the climbing rose 'New Dawn' exudes its apple smell on the rank sheet

Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: scent

The bewitchingly fragrant flowers of the angel trumpets inspire their surroundings, especially in the evenings

Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: scent

Many a kind of Indian armchair (Monarda) spoils the noses with a velvety rose scent

Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: fragrant

The fragrant varieties of the phlox bloom until late summer. Supply the perennials well with nutrients

Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: senses

When entering upholstery such as the thyme (Thymus serphyllum) aromatic fragrances are released

Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: plants

Peonies not only visually enhance a garden - some varieties also exude a wonderful scent

Duftgarten: a treat for all the senses: fragrant

In May and June, the sweetish jasmine scent of the Philly (Philadelphus) mingles with the warm evening air

Lilac flowers

Climbing Rose New Dawn

Angel trumpet beguiling fragrance

Indian armchair red blossom

Flame flowers bed

Thyme upholstery

Peonies in the fragrance garden

Pipe shrub sweetish scent

Aromatic plants for the evening hours

These are the night-butterfly-specialized aromatic plants, which only give off their flower scent at dawn. Just a few fragrant one- and two-year-olds, such as the night viole, the levkoje, the star balm and the evening primrose, are close enough to sit outside to enjoy the open-air evening with all your senses. Since fragrances are perceived individually, it may be helpful to "smell" the aromatic plants with the gardener.

Russian bear


Frequent guests in the scent garden: When the Russian bear (left) unfolds, you can see the red hind wings. The pigeon tail (right) is easily recognizable by the humming-like flight

Instead of combining several simultaneously fragrant night blooms, one agrees with the design of the fragrance garden better the flowering time of the individual plants from each other in order to enjoy the fragrant aromatic plants throughout the summer. Also among the shrubs there are wonderfully fragrant varieties such as the evening inconspicuous evening scented moorhen (Silene italica), the light blue flowering forest phlox 'Clouds of Perfume' (Phlox divaricata) and the summer phlox (Phlox paniculata).

ornamental tobacco


The one-year ornamental tobacco 'Lime Green' (Nicotiana alata, left) spreads its fragrance. The unobtrusive lime green color can be combined with many summer flowers. The breeding, which flourishes well into late summer, is also suitable for pot culture. Mint smell exudes the versatile stone quenelles (Calamintha, right). The flowering perennial from July to October magically attracts insects, and luckily, snails do not like it

In the woody range, summer lilac (Buddleja) and pipe shrub (Philadelphus) produce a sweet note of honey. In the case of climbing plants, various honeysuckle species (Lonicera) or the frost-sensitive, white-flowered moon wind (Ipomoea alba) impress with their spectacular scent even at a late hour.

Miracle flower (Mirabilis)

Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum)

The miracle flower (Mirabilis, left) only blooms in the evening and produces new buds until the first frost. The pure white, immaculate flowers of the Madonna lily (Lilium candidum, right) are a special eye-catcher in the garden in early summer. During the summer rest, ie in August, is planted new, with no more than three inches of soil should be above the onion

Fortunately, most of the night-scented plants adorn themselves with pale florets and bring the fragrance garden to glow in the dusk. The flowers reflect even the smallest amounts of light and increase the suction effect on nocturnal insects, which in turn attracts bugs that kill harmful insects in the fragrance garden. As planting partners, silver-gray leafy plants harmonize, which also show up very well in the evening.

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