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How to Design The Fragrant Garden

Updated on March 30, 2012


I have always considered gardening to be one of the oldest professions perhaps not as old as some but still one that has ancient roots.

I also believe that anyone who wants to can garden. The size and location of the garden will vary with the site that is available to the gardener and the specific needs of the gardener. It is all a matter of analysis and design.

The garden can not only stimulate the eyes and the mind it can bring a wealth of delights to that often neglected organ, the nose.

There are a number of plants that can enhance your garden not only with their physical beauty but with a fragrance that captures your attention as you sit on the porch or in the yard or while wandering down the garden path.

The first step is to consider the physical site, how much sunlight is available; how much shade?

The second is to consider your time; how many hours per day or week do you have to spend in the garden? Be honest. You do not want to have a garden that you cannot look after. It is better to place one pot of basil near the kitchen door where you can reach it and enjoy its spicy aroma when you touch it than to put in a ten foot bed that you cannot tend.

Next you need to consider what special needs that you garden will have to meet; for example, do you have difficulty in bending over, then raised beds, flower boxes or containers on a table top may be best.

If you have problems with your vision, perhaps, placing your beds along a well defined pathway that is easy to navigate will make it easier for you to cut flowers for your table. Keep the beds narrow so that you can readily reach to back without stepping into the garden.

Roses, lilacs and a variety of herbs will provide you with a rich assortment of plants to begin with; when you got to your nearby plant centre get used to asking the question: Do you have any fragrant plants? Take of list of what you already have with you so the person assisting you will know what is already growing in your garden.

Fragrance is a very strong sense and can bring back many memories; it can also help you develop memories of the present that you can recall on a cold winter night when you are enjoy some rosehip jam or a cup of mint tea. An important note, if you plant tog row mint do so in a container, mint loves to take over and will spread quickly but the container will help you keep in under control.

basil simply brush it to bring the fragrance to life

courtesy flickr/the marmoet
courtesy flickr/the marmoet

Roses for small spaces

How to prepare the garden bed.


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  • cgull8m profile image

    cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

    I have a rose plant, I love it so much I have to figure out how to move to my new home :). One day I would like to plant a fragrance garden.

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    stopping to smell the roses slows life down- a garden can be a respite from the fast pace that many live.

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    firefly07 10 years ago from UK

    excellent hub Bob and some great tips. Scent is the essence of any garden and there's nothing quite like walking in your garden at dusk and smelling the roses.

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick


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    Abhinaya 10 years ago

    Bob your hubs on gardening has turned me into a gardener.Your give the most informative tips.Thanks.

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

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    gabriella05 10 years ago from Oldham

    Thanks Bob very good useful information

    Thank you for sharing

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick


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    Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

    Nice smelling hub lol!

    My wife and I love your hubs about gardening ;-)

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    We are still some way away from digging outside but it is a great time to dream er plan. Thanks.

    Eileen, I agree.

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    Eileen Hughes 10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    Thanks for sharing that info. What I hate is that they are destroying the roses with the hybrid stuff. No beautiful fragrances in a lot of them. I love the rose fragrances.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Great HUB Bob as always!

    We're almost half-way through the winter month *soon* we'll be able to go digging outside.

    regards Zsuzsy