I am a bit late in the month but I didn’t want to let July slip by without recording some of its delicious fragrances. There are still some lovely scents in the garden even thought the first flush of roses and lilies is over. The Regales and Madonna and Martagon lilies were wonderful despite having tatty leaves because of lily beetle. I can’t imagine why I forgot to show them in last month’s Scent in the Garden; what an oversight.
Lilium regale is very easy from seed and germinates readily. They bloom in a couple of years; three at the most. They smell absolutely delicious. Sadly they have finished now, I really must stop showing you June flowers when we are supposed to be talking about July.
Anyway, we do have some beautiful July lilies out now. First of all I’d like to show you the unusual little Turk’s cap, Lilium lankongense from China.
I have the heavily scented Lily ‘Golden Splendour’ out now. I had forgotten to stake it and I found it sprawling all over the tree peony. What a lovely surprise.
Another Lily which comes back each year to delight is the tall Oriental x Trumpet Lily ‘Robert Swanson’. It has a wonderful scent too.
I still have a few roses scenting the garden. The wonderful, very fragrant David Austin Rosa ‘Summer Song’ is blooming again and ‘Grace’ is blooming away as merrily as she was in June. Last year I bought a rose recommended by Sarah Raven. She says it is one of the best pink ones for picking. It is very fragrant too. It is a deep pink one called ‘Princess Alexandre’.
There are some lovely fragrant climbers in bloom at the moment. Two late flowering honeysuckles are a particular delight. I showed you the first one for Bloom Day, but I forgot to show you the yellow one. I cannot remember the name of it at the moment. I dare say it will come to me in the middle of the night.
Trachelospermum has an absolutely gorgeous scent and I have several dotted about including a golden one, Trachelospermum asiaticum in a pot by the pond.
I am not keen on the scent of Jasmine in the house, it is too cloying but I like it growing against the wall where I just catch a whiff of it as I walk past. Jasminum officinale ‘Clotted Cream’ is a very pretty one and in fact it is just the colour of Cornish clotted cream.
Clematis flammula which has the common name of ‘Virgin’s Bower’, has masses of small starry flowers which are deliciously fragrant. I have it growing up an old Plum tree. I first read about it in a Vita Sackville West book years ago; she said it smells musty but I find it sweet. She also said that it flowers in September but mine is in bloom now.
Sweet Peas are so easy from seed, I expect most of us have them flowering away as long as we remember to pick them regularly. The scent is wonderful but I am always disappointed that they don’t last very long in a vase. I have purple and white ones but I can’t remember which varieties I sowed now.
Lavender is wonderfully fragrant and I have them dotted round the garden, they are so easy from cuttings. The lavender hedge round the terrace is ‘Hidcote’. It is a lovely dark colour and is quite compact as long as you prune it properly which I’m afraid I haven’t . I love it even though I read somewhere that John Brookes said a lavender hedge is ‘Old Ladyish’. What a cheek. I am not going to sew lavender bags or dab it behind my ears. The scent always reminds me of Provence and that has nothing to do with old ladies. I also have a pink one called Lavendula angustifolia ‘Loddon Pink’.
In pots I grow the South African bulb, Albuca shawii. It is my favoutite Albuca, with pretty, nodding yellow heads. It smells sweet and perhaps a bit like aniseed, but not quite. It is very easy from seed.
Also in a pot, as it is not quite hardy, I have the lovely dark red Chocolate Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus. The velvety flowers really do smell of chocolate.
The rest of my fragrant plants for this month have leaves that need to be crushed or brushed past to enjoy the scent. I love the silvery foliage and creamy buttons of Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Lemon Queen’. It has an aromatic scent.
Agastaches smell of liquorice. I love Agastache foeniculcum ‘Golden Jubilee growing with some cheap and cheerful annual Calendula.
Even prettier is the orange Agastache ‘Summer sunset’.
Scented Pelargoniums have very aromatic leaves. I have two; the well-known ‘Attar of Roses’, which is delicious and also one called ‘Orange Fizz’ which really does have the zingy scent of oranges.
I will finish with a plant which I keep in a pot by the back door because it smells of pure lemons when I brush past it. I keep it in the greenhouse in the winter because I don’t think it is fully hardy. It used to be called Lippia citriodora which was easy to remember, but it is now called Aloysia triphylla. It has bright green, narrow leaves on tall upright stems. It relishes a warm sunny spot.
The idea of a monthly meme for scented plants was one devised by Louise at Wellywoman blog and Sue at Backlane Notebook. I would love to hear which fragrant plants other people are enjoying at the moment.