Sensory gardens with their great smelling flowers and sensorial plants are not only appealing to look at but can also elevate your mood.
Indoor and patio scented gardens can be great zen corners while transforming your house into a home. Take a look at Life is a Garden’s list of flowers which can bring your garden and senses to life below.
Smell the roses (rosa)
Roses are the most popular choice of flowers, which are a great addition to liven up your home. They come in many different colours. Plant a few to add that “pop” in your garden along with some “rosey” scents. Roses love the sun but make sure to keep them hydrated!
It’s time to garden those Gardenias! Gardenias are also known as 'Cape Jasmines' and have one of the most alluring flower scents. The Gardenia's usually grown outside; however, they can make the perfect potted plant. Gardenias prefer lots of sunlight and a little shade, and they will elevate your patio to a serendipitous escape.
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet Pea's are considered to be one of the sweetest smelling flowers in the floral queendom. Like their name suggests they give out a lovely summer smell. This smell goes perfectly with an hour with your journal or a good cup of tea. Sweet peas require a lot of sun and need dowel rods to grow. The best position will be a spot that receives sunlight all day long in a patio or an indoor window with an abundance of sunlight during the day. Sweet Peas are also perfect for balconies. Balcony railings can be the ideal replacement for dowel rods.
Jasminum polyanthum (Chinese Jasmine)
Jasmine produces the sweetest, delicate and soothing scent which has been used in perfumes for years. The flower’s buds are often harvested and used in teabags. This princess loves to stay in the shade and prefers to be watered once a week.
Lavender Love (Lavandula)
We all associate lavender positively. We use it for aesthetic or to treat and/ or relieve specific problems and issues. We believe that lavender will make a great addition to your scented garden as long as they receive enough sunlight and their branches are pruned.
Petunia’s are another top favourite of Life is a Garden. Did you know Petunias know when to smell good? They usually release a burst of sweet smells in the morning or evening. Imagine walking out onto your patio with a fresh cup of coffee to be greeted by these little beauties! Petunias can be the perfect indoor spring flower. These flowers need at least six hours of direct sunlight. Like Sweet Peas, they need a spot with a lot of sunlight to thrive fruitfully.
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