Scent In The Garden Is So Important To Me
I have read a couple of lovely gardening posts this morning, one wasn´t specifically about gardening as such, but about the benefits of lavender oil, but never mind as we all know lavender is a garden plant so I´m including the link to it.
The post is by our very own MaeLou and very informative.
The other, by bestwriter telling of her garden and the memories it holds.
Anyway, reading these posts reminded me of all the scented plants I have growing here in my garden in Spain and how much their fragrance add´s to the enjoyment of any garden no matter where in the world it is.
I have huge bushes of lavender and sage, also Rosemary, which I grew from cuttings off plants that grown wild all around me in the countryside. All flower prolifically for a long time and are highly aromatic, they can also be used in cooking, and lavender is one of the top 3 essential oils. It´s a pleasure when you walk in my garden and brush past any of these plants, which are all too eager to let a burst of scent out into the air.
I also have a few lemon verbena or Aloysia citrodora shrubs dotted around, these are called Marie Louisa here in Spain and I can´t ever pass one without crushing the leaves and smelling the lemon scent that they give off, it's delicious. Like lavender and sage it can also be used in cooking or as an essential oil.
Then of course who can forget to add rose´s to a garden for their beauty and scent, certainly not me. I have rose´s of all forms and colour , but my favourites are the blousy and highly scented old English or Bourbon rose´s. To me a Rose is not a rose unless it is scented and I really dislike the patio rose´s on sale today, which have not even the merest hint of perfume, they should be banned in my opinion. What would William Shakespere have thought? For sure, he would have had to change this line from Romeo and Juliet " What´s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
These are just a few of the scented plants I would include in any garden that is of my own making. What about you? What are your favourites ?
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