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Heavenly Scents—Fragrant Plants and Flowers

Love adding fragrant plants to your garden? Pump up the perfume with these unique options

Fine Gardening – Issue 163
A few years ago, I was walking with a friend through a wonderful rose garden and pointed out one of my favorite varieties: the old–fashioned rose ‘Madame Ernest Calvat’, which boasts a rich, exotic, spicy fragrance. “You’ve got to smell this,” I said. She bent close and took a deep breath, was silent a long moment, then said, “Wow. That . . . that really takes you places, doesn’t it?” That is the power of fragrance. Scent, more than any of the other senses, really does have the power to take you places—whether it’s a new flower that carries you off to an exotic unknown land or a familiar and beloved lilac or lily that transports you instantly to a grandparent’s garden. A garden full of scents is emotionally evocative and will linger in the memories of you and your visitors. I always have my old favorites, like lilies and…

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