Smells Like Flower Spirit

Now that the perennials have started to pop out of the ground and there are blooms on the trees, its time to start talking about some of the amazing fragrances you will be able to smell in your landscape or maybe even around your neighborhood. Today I am going to write about some plants that you can include in your yard that are going to get a lot of attention once their flowers start to bloom. Let’s be honest folks, there is nothing better than walking outside to take a walk and the smell of your garden hits you in the face with amazing fragrances.

Sweetbay Magnolia

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The Sweetbay Magnolia has glistening dark green leaves with a silver underside that has a frosted appearance. The 2″-3″ creamy white flowers have a light lemon scent and are visible in late spring and early summer. It is very elegantly shaped and is a good choice for a specimen or patio tree. Bright scarlet-red seeded fruit ripens in late summer attracting many birds. Prefers moist, acid soil with sun to partial shade. Grows 10′-20′ high with equal spread. Just looking at the flower you can almost smell how elegant this magnolia is and I highly recommend it in your landscape.

Korean Spice Viburnum

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The Korean Spice Viburnum shrubs reach 4-6 feet in height at maturity, with a similar spread. Rather showy pink buds precede the flowers in spring; the latter, although white, retain hints of that earlier pink color. The white flower clusters are very fragrant. Red berries may replace the blooms in summer. In autumn, these berries mature to a dark color (almost black), teaming with the leaves’ fall foliage color for a noteworthy, albeit unspectacular display. Fall leaves begin reddish but morph into a purplish color. This is just another one of those amazingly colorful yet fragrant shrubs that you must have in your yard. Great to go along the side of a house or in the corner bed of a landscape.


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Many gardeners grow Lavender for its fragrance, but the genus includes several excellent garden plants that should be more widely used for their midsummer beauty and resistance to deer, heat, and drought. The cool, gray-green foliage of Lavender plants provides a perfect backdrop for the slender, arching flower stems. They prefer well-drained, sweet soil and full sun.

Dwarf Korean Lilac

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A dwarf, spreading lilac with reddish-purple buds opening to pale lilac fragrant flowers. Blooms profusely in mid-season, typically mid-May and first flowers at an early age. Use in shrub border with evergreen background or plant in groups to form a low hedge. This is just another flowering shrub that is going to knock your socks off once you take a whiff of them, they smell amazing folks. This is definitely my favorite fragrant plant out there.

If you have any questions or any suggestions on other fragrant plants that you have in your landscape, please feel free to send out a few recommendations. We would love to get some feedback if you have any of these plants in your landscape right now, just so you can prove that these are some amazing plants! Enjoy folks and have a happy and beautiful smelling spring.