Need a group of strong smelling plants - Any Ideas?

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  1. gardenwinter

    gardenwinter New Seed

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    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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  2. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    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. :stew1:
     
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    gardenwinter New Seed

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    Very cool, is there anything else that comes to mind about some of strongest smelling flowers?
     
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    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. 8)
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    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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    Frank Happy Gardening Staff Member Administrator

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

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

    Thanks for your input.
     
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    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.
     
  10. stratsmom

    stratsmom Flower Fanatic

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    Isn't it Heliotrope that smells like strong vanilla?
    Honeysuckle and jasmine smell good too ;)
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Honeysuckle, night scented stock come to mind as they have lovely scents.
     
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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    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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    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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    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 In Flower

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    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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