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Think of the scent of blooming lilacs; that sweet, familiar smell immediately springs to your mind, perhaps taking you back to your grandmother's garden. Fragrance is the most powerful of all senses for triggering memories. Here are some thoughts in creating sweet garden memories of your own:

You will want to plant in a sheltered location so the perfume lingers. Usually the warmer the space, the more concentrated the aroma. Many fragrances are often stronger in the evening to attract pollinating night moths. Place plants in the vicinity where you spend time at night.

Take note of the prevailing direction of breezes. Locate your garden upwind.

Remember that low spots in your landscape also capture fragrance.

Site fragrant plants near doorways, entertainment areas, patios, open windows, screened porches, gazebos and pathways.

When selecting sweet-smelling perennials, pick a mix of spring, summer and fall blooming fragrant plants for constant perfume. In general, the lighter the flower color, the stronger the scent (white flowers tend to be the most fragrant, followed by off-white, pink, mauve, yellow and lavender blooms). Be careful not to put too many fragrant perennials close together as stronger scents can overwhelm more delicate ones. Plus, when strong scents mingle, the effect can be overpowering instead of pleasant.

Also remember to include some perennials with fragrant foliage. Their fragrance lasts spring through fall while flowers are only temporary. Some perennials with aromatic leaves (other than culinary herbs) include: Catmint (Nepeta), Lavender, Bee Balm (Monarda), Geranium macrorrhizum, Yarrow (Achillea) and Sweet Woodruff (Asperula odorata).

A Few Nose Pleasing Perennials:
Daylilies : White and yellow flowering daylilies are the most fragrant.
Lavender : All lavenders do best in full sun and well drained loose alkaline soil. In clay soils, may benefit from planting in raised beds.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) : Colors range from white, pink, purple, yellow and blue. All are mobbed by butterflies.
Bugbane, Snakeroot (Cimicifuga) : Chocolate-leaved Bugbanes sport luxurious foliage that is complemented by elegant wands of creamy-white. They have to be one of the most fragrant of all perennials.
Woods Phlox (Divaricata) and Garden Phlox (Paniculata) : These varieties are sweet smelling staples of the garden.

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  • Perovskia Prime Time PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Perovskia 'Prime Time' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Monarda Pink Chenille PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Pink Chenille' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Monarda Lavender Taffeta PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Lavender Taffeta' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Lavender Taffeta' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® UPSCALE™ Collection (20)ct Flat Common Name: Bee BalmPrepare for UPSCALE™ Bee Balm to raise your expectations with a robust, substantial landscape presence. Taller than most other new...

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  • Lavandula a Imperial Gem 25 BR Plants

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: English LavenderA compact variety with numerous purple flowers in summer. Proportionate flower stems keep the plant from looking leggy or flopping under the weight of its blooms. The habit is...

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  • Lavandula a Imperial Gem 20ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (20)ct Flat Common Name: English LavenderA compact variety with numerous purple flowers in summer. Proportionate flower stems keep the plant from looking leggy or flopping under the weight of its blooms. The habit is...

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  • Iris a Ming Treasure 30ct Flat

    Iris a. 'Ming Treasure' (30)ct Flat

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  • Hemerocallis Lake of Fire 25 BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Lake of Fire' (25) BR Plants

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  • Dianthus Red Rouge PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Red Rouge' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Dianthus Pinky Promise PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Pinky Promise' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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    Dianthus 'Lip Gloss' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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    Dianthus 'Funky Fuchsia' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Allium Bubble Bath PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Allium 'Bubble Bath' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Dianthus Paint the Town Red PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Monarda Leading Lady Razzberry PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Razzberry' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Monarda d Pardon My Rose PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda d. 'Pardon My Rose' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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    Buddleia 'Lilac Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Lilac Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat Cascade CollectionCommon Name: Butterfly Bush, Summer LilacJust like the others of the Cascade series, the habit of this Butterfly Bush has panicles that cascade downward like a waterfall. 12-18" huge, puffy...

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    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF  (30)ct Flat HUMDINGER® Collection Common Name: Butterfly BushThis new addition to the HUMDINGER® Collection shares the same compact habit and shorter stature as the other members. Purple flower panicles are...

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  • Monarda Leading Lady Amethyst PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Amethyst' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Buddleia Violet Cascade PPAF 30ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Violet Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Monarda Leading Lady Pink PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Pink' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Pink' PPAF (20)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Leading Lady SeriesCommon Name: Bee BalmBee Balm typically bloom in midsummer, but 'Leading Lady Pink' leads the way in early summer, flowering earlier and forming a more compact clump...

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  • Monarda Electric Neon Purple PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Purple' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Purple' PPAF (20)ct Flat Electric Neon SeriesCommon Name: Bee BalmA new color for the Electric Neon series! 3", bright fuchsia purple flowers are produced over a medium-sized habit of deep green leaves. Excellent resistance to...

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  • Iris pseudata Yarai 25 BR Plants

    Iris pseudata 'Yarai' (25) BR Plants

    Iris pseudata 'Yarai' (25) BR Plants Common Name: Pseudata IrisOne of the first pseudatas to bloom! This tall plant will bring height to your garden with a unique peach blend flowers that have deep purple veining. The standards have more deep purple...

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    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Penstemon a Lemon Squeeze PPAF 30ct Flat

    Penstemon a. 'Lemon Squeeze' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Hemerocallis Persian Ruby 25 BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Persian Ruby' (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Persian Ruby' (25) BR Plants Common Name: DaylilyAn easily recognizable daylily that's a must-have for your garden! Deep purplish red, spoon-shaped flowers are massive – nearly 8" across. The large green throat is a nice contrast to...

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  • Hemerocallis Stella de Oro SF BR

    Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' SF BR

    Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' Daylily (Jablonski, 1975)  Single Fan bare root plant The world's most popular daylily! 2.75", bright gold complete self with mild pie crust edging and a subtle fragrance Begins blooming in early summer...

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  • Hemerocallis Purple de Oro SF BR

    Hemerocallis 'Purple de Oro' SF BR

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  • Hemerocallis Hyperion SF BR

    Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' SF BR

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    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Phlox Magenta Pearl PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Phlox Baby Doll White PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Phlox Baby Doll Pink PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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    Perovskia a. 'Sage Advice' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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    Monarda 'Electric Neon Coral' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Coral' PPAF (20)ct Flat Huge 3' light coral pink flowers are produced above very dark green foliage. Excellent resistance to common foliar diseases such as powdery mildew. Height: 20.0-22.0 InchesSpread:18.0-20.0 InchesHardiness...

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  • Monarda Berry Taffy PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Berry Taffy' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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