FLOWER GARDEN DESIGN IDEAS THAT SMELL GOOD

Flowers! Not only are they beautiful, but many varieties smell good as well. One great way to enjoy flowers is to plant a flower bed along the path or side walk leading to your front door. Each time you or your friends come up the path, your senses experience beauty and scent! A mix of colors and sizes adds visual appeal, and hardy varieties are best next to a path where there is a lot of dust kicked up.

To prepare your bed, turn over your soil and add organic compost and some bone meal. Flowers like the extra phosphorus from the bone meal and will do a better job of retaining moisture and nutrients with the added compost. However, you have to be careful not to incorporate too much nitrogen or you may get more leaves than petals.

The following five flowers are great if you have a warm, sunny location: (These are all annuals which also give you beautiful color and will bloom all summer)

1. Sweet Alyssum is a low-growing flower that is great to put next to your walkway. Hardy and easy to grow, the small white or purple flowers have an amazing odor that wafts through the air.

2. Stock is a medium-sized flower that comes in many colors. Stock has a wonderful clove scent.

3. Lavender is a wonderful flower that is often used in sachets and flavoring for food. They retain their sweet smell even after drying.

4. Carnations are not just for prom! They are an easy to grow flower that comes in many vibrant colors and has a delightful scent.

5. Petunias are a hardy bedding plant and do well along walkways. Petunias have a strong unique scent that perfumes the air around them.

The following flowers are great if you have a shady or partly shady location:

1. Lily of the Valley is a native forest plant. The small bell shaped flowers are pink or white and combines with beautiful foliage.

2. Heliotrope has a wonderful cherry fragrance and is often referred to as cherry pie plant. This plant also is a butterfly attractor. Some varieties of Heliotrope get two feet tall and quite bushy, so plan accordingly.

3. Hosta is a popular shade foliage plant that also produces sweet-smelling flowers on tall spikes. Some hostas have more fragrance than others, so check the tag or read the description first.

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