Plans for Creating a Fragrant Garden

Suggestions for plants to create your own fragrant border.
By: DK Books - Family Garden
Aroma Therapy in Fragrant Garden

Aroma Therapy in Fragrant Garden

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden , 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

A garden filled wiith scented blloms will always be loved by family and friends. Roses, lavender, ande other fragrant plants will also give the garden a cottage style feel. A narrow pathway that winds through the garden also add to style.

Scent is an essential part of yards and gardens, and an area filled with scented plants will always be well loved. Here's what you need to start your own fragrant border.

Border Basics 

  • Size: 2 borders, each 10x6 ft (3x2 m) 
  • Suits: Borders either side of a narrow path 
  • Soil: Well-drained but fertile 
  • Site: Full sun 

Shopping List Per Border 

  • 1 x Rosa “Felicia”
  • 3 x Geranium pratense 
  • 3 x Sisyrinchium striatum 
  • 5 x Lavandula angustifolia “Hidcote” 

Planting and Aftercare 

Lavender likes well-drained soil, so you may need to add plenty of horticultural sand to the beds before you start, concentrating on the area on either side of the path, where the lavender hedge will be planted. Plant the lavender in a straight line on either side of the path with a spacing of about 20 in (50 cm) between each one of the plants. 

Roses, on the other hand, like a rich, fertile soil, but they will not mind the extra drainage given by the sand too much. It is a good idea, though, to dig out a deep planting hole for the rose and fill it with organic matter (such as garden compost or composted bark) mixed with soil. This will ensure that the soil stays moist—but continue to water for at least the first season.

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