One of the most fragrant plants in the garden is in bloom now. It has tiny yellow tufts of flowers. They pack a punch which is quite disproportionate to their diminutive size.
Azara microphylla is an evergreen with small, glossy leaves, so even out of flower it is a nice looking tree. It comes from Chile and needs a sheltered spot.
The scent wafts round the garden on the slightest breeze and anyone walking round the garden is stopped in their tracks. It is pure vanilla. Books will tell you that this is a winter -flowering shrub or tree but with me it never blooms before April. If you love scent in the garden this should be high on your list, it is wonderful.
Skimmias have been looking good since the Winter. Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella‘ had nice red flower buds in February but now they have opened up in to sweet smelling, starry flowers. As you can see bees love the sweet scent too.
Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’ has lovely large highly scented greenish white flowers.
Another evergreen shrub with glossy leaves is Osmanthus burkwoodi. It has starry white flowers which are highly scented; they smell of vanilla.
I love the purple dangly flowers of the scrambling Akebia pentapyhylla. They smell of chocolate The scent is particularly intense at night. This Akebia is a cross between Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata. I bought this variety because it is supposed to be the one most likely to bear fruit. I have since learnt that you need two different varieties in order to get the amazing edible fruit.
Some of my small daffodils are fragrant. The dear little jonquil Narcissus ‘Bell Song’ has salmon cups and smells lovely. I love the fragrant, lemon coloured ‘Pipit’ too.
My most fragrant Narcissus is the well named Narcissus ‘Sweetness’, it smells delicious.
I have a buttercup yellow, perennial Erysimum which has the lovely wallflower scent. It is called, appropriately enough Erysimum ‘Walburton’s Fragrant Sunshine’.
I will finish with some fragrant foliage which would be lovely even without the aniseed scent. It is Agastache rugosa ‘Golden Jubilee’.
So there we have my favourite scented flowers for April. I am joining in with Louise’s ‘Scent in the Garden’ meme at Wellywoman blog. So if you go over there you can see other olfactory delights. What a pity we can’t have ‘scratch and sniff’ for this meme.