How to make your garden smell sweet

PUBLISHED: 13:41 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:54 14 July 2016

Roses can add a sweet smell to your garden (c) hrabar, Thinkstock

Roses can add a sweet smell to your garden (c) hrabar, Thinkstock


The experts at Monkton Elm Garden Centre reveal how you can add a sweet smelling dimension to your garden

The modern gardener is more discerning than ever. Ever more is demanded from our plants and gone are the days of breeding purely for flower size, with no consideration for perfume. Breeders are now concentrating on growing for scent too and there are some super scented climbers now available that will enhance your garden and bring an extra dimension to the enjoyment of your outdoor space.

There’s no point tucking scented climbers away in some distant part of your garden – at this time of year you want a waft of scented air around you when sitting out enjoying the fruits of your labour. Here are a few of our favourites:

Trachelospermum jasminoides has so many great selling points and it deserves a spot in every garden. Planted in a warm sunny position, it will reward you with masses of starry white flowers with an intense jasmine-like scent for weeks during high summer. This woody twiner has glossy, evergreen leaves, which often turn a coppery colour in the winter. It likes a feed now and again and copes well with pruning. White Wings is a particularly lovely cultivar, having slightly larger flowers.

Roses offer so many beauties to choose from, but go for a climber rather than a rambler – they flower for much longer and there is more choice fragrance wise. The grower’s descriptions of rose scent in their catalogues sound like they are selling fine wines – fruity, spicy, myrrh, tea and even liquorice gets a mention! We love Compassion, an old favourite with bronze, young foliage and sweetly fragranced coppery pink flowers which repeat well. David Austin Climbers are always worth searching out, however, some of their English shrub roses can also be trained as a short climber around an obelisk where space is limited.

Honeysuckle is familiar to us all, but there are some unscented varieties, so choose wisely. For an early flowerer, choose a Belgica form, or a Serotina for late blooms. A favourite of ours, Lonicera Halliana, is semi evergreen with highly fragrant soft cream flowers. Well worth trying in a smaller garden would be a new introduction called Rhubarb and Custard – its name describing its colour perfectly. It’s highly fragrant and is suitable for growing in a pot, trained around an obelisk.

Did you know?

It takes almost four tonnes of rose petals to get only a single pound of rose oil!

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