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Fragrant shrubs

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There are many shrubs that contribute fragrance to the garden. Some shrubs have only fragrant flowers, while other shrubs have fragrant leaves as well as the flowers.

The suggestions provided here are a launch point. Feel free to add more to the lists, to assist other gardeners wishing to grow fragrant shrubs.

Shrubs with aromatic foliage[edit]

The following list details some shrubs that have aromatic leaves:

  • Lavender
  • Pelargonium
  • Rosemary
  • Curry plant
  • Cotton lavender
  • Wormwood
  • Cushion bush
  • Cistus
  • Vitex
  • Caryopteris


Shrubs with fragrant flowers[edit]

The following lists details some shrubs with fragrant flowers:

  • Lilac
  • Cherry pie (heliotrope)
  • Daphne
  • Gardenia
  • Viburnum
  • Wintersweet
  • Buddleia
  • Azara
  • Luculia
  • Cestrum
  • Mock orange

Designing a garden with fragrant shrubs[edit]

Consider placing the shrubs where they will release their scent in noticeable ways. For example, situating shrubs near an outdoor dining area or where people sit for relaxation. Or, having a shrub near a bedroom window for summer scents. The front entry gate can be a great place for adding a fragrant shrub, to welcome people as they enter your yard. Don't neglect the workplace; a fragrant shrub might lift spirits as its scent wafts through open windows or greets employees at the entrance way.