For the plant lover, fragrance enhances the gardening experience, adding an almost magical layer to the beauty of a plant and an intangible dimension to the garden’s design. Fragrance can be fleeting, but it can also call up long-lost memories and feelings, improve moods, and enhance mental well-being.
Not all fragrant plants get their heady scents from their blooms. Fragrant foliage also holds a valued place in the garden. A sunny walkway edged with chaparral sage (Salvia clevelandii, Zones 8–11) or scented geraniums (Pelargonium spp. and cvs., Zones 9–11) is a delight to stroll through on a warm summer’s day, with sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zones 4–9) and its fragrance of fresh-mown hay the perfect choice for shadier garden paths.
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