Scented flowers can supply a gardener with wonderful fragrances throughout the summer months. Many varieties of annual and perennial scented flowers exist, as well as evening and nighttime scented flowers. A gardener will often use scented flowers to create a natural butterfly or hummingbird garden. In the medieval era, many scented flowers were prized for their medicinal qualities. Today, we call this practice aromatherapy.
Common scented perennials include yarrow, Marguerite daisy, various types of columbine and chrysanthemums, clematis vine, wallflowers, meadowsweet, honeysuckle vines, peony, garden phlox, Tansy, and some geraniums and daisies, according to the University of Vermont Extension office.
Annual scented flowers include angel's trumpet, sweet sultan, chocolate cosmos, the horn-of-plenty annual carnation, heliotrope, sweet alyssum, flowering tobacco, petunia and marigold. Their fragrances are chocolate, vanilla, spicy, citrusy or perfumed.
Night-blooming scented flowers are perfect to place under a bedroom window or a patio to enjoy as the hot sun disappears from the evening sky. Evening primrose, four o'clock s, garden heliotrope, moonflower, nicotiana and evening-scented stock will provide hours of fragrant dreams every night during the blooming season.
You'll have to get up early to enjoy scented morning bloomers such as morning glory vines. Morning glories are often used to create a natural wall of vines covering latticework or homemade structures. After just a few weeks, morning glory vines can cover a structure, providing shade and beauty throughout the summer.
Some scented flowers are so small that we don't notice their fragrance unless we hold them close to our face. Common white clover flowers found in lawns have a sweet smell that is rarely noticed except by curious children and nature lovers.
You may wish to avoid a few stinky flowers. These include the corpse flower, carrion flower, arum, Indian almond and the African starfish flowers.
The Brugmansia, or angel's trumpet, has large, white fragrant flowers, but it is not recommended for homes where there are pets or small children, as it is poisonous. If a member of your family is allergic to bee stings, you may want to remove all blooming plants -- including trees, vegetables and berries -- that may attract insects with their fragrance and colour. Many colourful, non-blooming garden plants exist that you can enjoy in safety.