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Scented border for a sunny garden

By garden designer Judi Samuels. This border is all about the scent!  As each plant brings their own individual perfume with flowers and leaves to delight your senses all summer long. This is a border perfect for pollinators to feast on by providing important nectar and pollen.

Scented border plant plan for a sunny garden

The lavender hedge around the border creates the most exquisitely scented hedge, which is a fun way to create a semi-formal feel and it will also act as a pollinator magnet. The combination of plants means that the border has something to offer across all the seasons and even in the cold grey of January, there is the cheerful and delicious scent of Chimonanthus praecox var. Luteus (Wintersweet).

Scented border planting for a sunny garden

Spring brings out the Crocuses, Daffodils, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and Hyacinths bringing much needed colour in early spring and throughout summer the roses will delight with their blooms and beautiful scents, planted within easy reach at the front of the border so that you can plunder the perfume each time you visit.

Plant list for scented plants in a sunny garden

Here are the plants Judi has selected. Click any plant below to learn more and add to your own plant list. The numbering key is listed for each plant to reference back to the number key in the plan. Where there are multiple plants needed the quantities are also listed below the plant names.

Hyssopus officinalis
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Convallaria majalis
Nicotiana sylvestris
Oenothera biennis
Erysimum 'Bowles' Mauve'
Foeniculum vulgare
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'
Origanum vulgare
Chimonanthus praecox var. luteus
Narcissus 'Arctic Gold'
Rosa 'Ferdinand Pichard'
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'
Galanthus elwesii
Dianthus 'Tickled Pink'
Hyacinthus orientalis 'White Pearl'
Agastache foeniculum
Rosa 'Nostalgia'
Narcissus 'Canaliculatus'
Narcissus 'Curlew'
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Blue Ice'
Daucus carota 'Dara'
Crocus 'Advance'
Crocus vernus 'Peter Pan'
Monarda 'Mahogany'
Salvia 'Amistad'
Allium stipitatum 'Violet Beauty'
By Judi Samuels

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