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gardenwinter

Tempe
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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:27 am   Post subject: Need a group of strong smelling plants - Any Ideas?


I'm looking to have an entire side of my garden dedicated to the strongest smelling plants available (good smells) and I was curious if anyone had any ideas for some plants I might want to try.

I live in Tempe, Arizona (FYI) A lot of dry heat!

Let me know if you have any suggestions.




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Jewell


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Puget Sound Region of the Pacific NW (Washington State, US)
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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:38 am   


I love the smell of french lavender, Lavandula dentata. Smells much better than any of the others I have grown. I think the plant and flower are nice also. Stew Face 1

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gardenwinter

Tempe
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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:06 am   


Very cool, is there anything else that comes to mind about some of strongest smelling flowers?

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bethie

WestTennessee
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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:13 pm   


I grow the perennial tagetes marigold. It is just coming into bloom here in West Tennessee. Foilage and flowers exude a very spicy scent all summer. It is also very drought resistant. Cool

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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:19 pm   


I'm not sure what works in your zone, but some of my best smelling blooms here in zone 5 are Lilac, Rose, Lavender, Brugmansia, 4 O'clocks, and Peony.

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toni


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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:28 pm   


Ipomoea alba (Moonflower, Moon Vine)

Nicotiana obtusifolia

Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alyssum)

Ligustrum vulgare (Wild Privet)

Also, if you will go to http://www.gardenstew.com/plantstew/ click on Advanced Search, then find Fragrant under the Plant Types section and search you will find about 150 plants that you can choose from.

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Frank


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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:20 pm   


toni wrote:
Also, if you will go to http://www.gardenstew.com/plantstew/ click on Advanced Search, then find Fragrant under the Plant Types section and search you will find about 150 plants that you can choose from.


Direct link to the fragrant flowers in Toni's description.

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gardenwinter

Tempe
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Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:22 pm   


Very cool! That's exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks for your input.

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prasunsen

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Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:41 pm   


Many spicies and herbs smell great. I would recommend also red roses. And if you want a tree - try a quince.

From the flowers try hyacinth.

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stratsmom

Southern Oregon
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Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:07 am   


Isn't it Heliotrope that smells like strong vanilla?
Honeysuckle and jasmine smell good too Wink

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eileen


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Scotland
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Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:00 am   


Honeysuckle, night scented stock come to mind as they have lovely scents.

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cherylad


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S. Liberty County - Texas (8B)
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Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:04 pm   


The White Butterfly Ginger that I have smells heavenly! Don't know how well it'll do in your climate however.

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lexxivexx

The Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:50 pm   


Spicy Thai Basil! It smells magnificent, like cinnamon and cloves, but it's best if you keep it from flowering by pinching off new buds frequently.

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Member8170


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Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:09 pm   


The one plant in my garden whose aroma out performs the gardener's are Ginger Lilies. Very strong and lovely aroma!

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drissel122

Southern New Jersey
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Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:59 am   


I have a tender tree/bush called Night Blooming Jessamine. It doesn't look like much, but when planted near an open window...ahhh...in the evening when the small tubular flowers open...it is divine. I bring the mother plant in every year. Then I take cuttings which root up easily and they grow large enough to bloom by mid-summer. I've only seen it to buy one time...if you can...try it. Very fast growing.

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