The Growers Choice: Fragrant Garden Plants

The Growers Choice: Fragrant Garden Plants

Want to add fragrant plants to your garden project? has your client asked to surround the patio or decking area with fragrant plants? or do they want to add scent to their borders? Check out our guide to some of our favourite fragrant garden plants below.

Lavender varieties

Lavender plants have been used for thousands of years for their scent in the garden, including their use in essential oils with links to the Romans using it to perfume their baths.  It has also been used for many years, dried out and put in small packets to freshen linen, closets and drawers.

Ideal for a pathway or patio pot flowering from July through to September, giving you months of fresh fragrance to enjoy.

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Available in 2L, 3L, 5L and 10L pots (depending on variety)


Trachelospermum jasminoides

A climbing plant famous for its smell which is often recognised in many perfumes. They prefer full sun and flower from June – August. Its dark green leaves turn to bronze come autumn. Add to a sunny positioned wall or fence near your front or back door.

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Available in 5L, 10L and 20L pots (subject to availability)

Syringa varieties

While Syringa's flowering period is short, its fragrance and bloom size makes up for it. Available in various colours, lilacs generally herald the beginning of warmer weather. Plant in a sunny well-drained spot for best results.

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Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L + pots. (subject to availability)

Sarcococca hookeriana 'Winter Gem'

Highly scented white flowers sit above large glossy, rich green leaves come late winter - early spring. It is a great addition to a shady border or a shaded patio spot where you can smell it every day.

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Daphne aureomarginata

Looking for a scented cloud on your walk through the garden? Daphne aureomarginata is another fantastic fragrant plant that flowers from January until April. It is known for its pale pink flowers and thrives best in a sunny sheltered position.

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Rose varieties

Some rose varieties, such as Rosa de L'hay, are known for their masses of heavily perfumed flowers rich purple in colour. It Would look great at the back of a shrub border and will flower from July to September.

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Posted 3rd Jun 11:14am