Gardens filled with nature's creations are a delight to the senses. The most obvious sense is sight. A different kind of garden is tucked away in places such as the city parks of Rotorua, New Zealand. Smells from this scented garden for the blind create a haven from the sulphurous overtones of the rest of the geothermal city located in a volcanic zone. Create a scented garden to make your own escape, close your eyes and inhale.
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Kept for both their medicinal and culinary qualities, scented herbs have always had a place in gardens. According to John Charleston, there are a series of herbs that stand apart from the rest for their aroma. When designing a scented garden with herbs, make sure it is in a non-exposed area and that the scents intermingle. Thyme is a versatile herb with a lemon-mint smell. Oregano is used in many Italian dishes and has a heady, pungent smell. Basil is another predominantly Italian herb with a deep, strong smell. Mint is used extensively with food and beauty products and has a crisp, fresh smell. Lavender is mostly used for beauty and has a warm, flowery smell.
A perennial garden takes away the need to constantly plan the garden anew year after year. Keep in mind that perennials will grow in their space and yearly maintenance will include pruning back. Three perennial flowers known for their scent are the chocolate flower, lily and primrose. Chocolate flowers are chocolate cosmos, or Cosmos atrosanguineus. Their light chocolate smell is a refreshing surprise. Heavy Petal, a gardening site, also lists several more chocolate plants. Lilies come in many varieties, with the orientals and trumpets having the most scent. Some lilies such as stargazers have a scent so strong that they overpower indoors. Primroses have a lighter, gentler scent that offsets deeper tones.
Annuals give you the option of changing your garden and its overlying scents. Three nicely scented annuals are sweet pea, stock and dianthus. Sweet pea earned its use as an endearment through its innocent and fresh scent. Stock has a variety called night-scented stock that gives off its strongest scent after the day has gone. The dianthus family includes more than 300 flowers. They have a scent reminiscent of sweet spices like clove and cinnamon.
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