While our gardens are often a place for relaxation, introducing fragrant flowers and plants can kick the serenity up a notch with some serious aromatherapy.
By definition, aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic plant extracts for healing purposes. From hospitals to health spas to treat a wide variety of conditions, studies have shown that certain smells derived from plants help to relieve pain, improve mood and promote a sense of relaxation.
As such, planting fragrant flowers in your own garden seems like a no brainer. While a green space loaded with inviting scents can work wonders for human inhabitants, other locals will be sure to thank you for it as well. In fact, flowers produce fragrances to help attract pollinators, and to quite literally help them spread their seeds.
As no two flowers ever emit quite the same fragrance, choosing the perfect types of fragrant plants to introduce to your garden usually boils down to your personal preferences, the climate of your backyard, and how much work you’re willing to put in to maintain them – but what are a few of the more popular options?
Six Popular Fragrant Plants To Introduce At Home
If you’re a homeowner who relishes the thought of floral smells wafting through their windows during the springtime, then introducing fragrant flowers and plants to your garden is a must. The only downside? Not getting overwhelmed with the sheer amount of options to choose from.
For those who aren’t as fond of the maintenance that flowering plants sometimes command, the good news is that alternative shrubs and even herbs can provide homeowners with the same benefits with a fraction of the work. In fact, just a handful of the most popular include the following.
Wisteria – With its enchanting purple blooms, fully grown wisteria vines look like something out of a fairy tale when in full bloom – and smell just as divine as they look. Chinese wisteria is one of the most commonly seen varieties in Australian gardens, walkways and terraces, but may take three to five years to fully mature and begin flowering.
Frangipani – As an icon of the tropics, frangipanis come in over three hundred colours, but are also regarded as one of the most popular flowering trees in Australia. Mature frangipanis can grow to around six metres high and up to five metres wide, but only grow at a state of around twenty centimetres per year. As such, gardeners need to be patient for their blooms.
Citrus – For homeowners who aren’t so eager to commit to the maintenance schedule of fragrant flowers, an alternative is to plant citrus trees for a different type of scent and end result. From oranges to lemons to limes, planting citrus trees as another way to introduce smells to the garden without the upkeep that other varieties may demand.
Roses – What we refer to as a rose, is a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa. It’s in the family Rosaceae, and there are over three hundred different rose species, and tens of thousands of cultivars. With over three hundred varieties to choose from, roses form a group of plants that are often erect shrubs, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles.
Star Jasmine – Despite popular belief, not all jasmines are fragrant flowers. In fact, the most aromatic of the bunch, the Chinese Star Jasmine, isn’t a true jasmine at all – but a member of the genus Trachelospermum. Come spring and summer, this low maintenance climber will be covered in tiny white blooms, and the smell is known as one of the most favoured in plants.
Lavender – As one of the most popular fragrant plants of all time, introducing lavender to your garden is a low maintenance way to dial the scents up a notch without having to deadhead any blooms. While there are hundreds of varieties to choose from, not only will lavender attract native bees and birds, but there’s also options for edible varieties as well.
Once you’ve started to add some fragrant plants and flowering varieties to your garden, it’s only a matter of time before important pollinators such as native bees and bird life start to visit your backyard on a regular basis. To ensure that you’re providing a safe environment for them, steering clear of chemical based weed solutions is a must – but what’s the alternative?
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