Hello everyone! Today, I’m eager to discuss aromatic plants perfect for paths and walkways. Having nurtured these plants for many years, I’ve gathered quite a bit of fascinating knowledge on the subject.
Lavender, with its sharp, clean, and fresh aroma, is an excellent choice, right? Even a gentle touch releases its iconic fragrance. I have a particular fondness for French Lavender, which exudes a slightly more floral aroma compared to the medicinal scent of English Lavender.
This plant is incredibly versatile. For instance, lavender can be transformed into a delightful glycerite, adding a unique touch to a glass of chilled apple juice or a refreshing Lemon Mocktail. I’ve even incorporated Lavender glycerite into a blend of Apple Cider Vinegar, Neem, and Tea Tree for a soothing spot treatment. It also creates a wonderful infused oil. Lavender is easy to grow, beautiful, practical, and mood-lifting – qualities I strive for!
2. Lemon Verbena
If you’re a fan of lemon verbena tea, you’ll be delighted with the live plant. It emits a scent that is both floral and distinctly sharp, with a lemony twist! However, Lemon Verbena can look a bit unkempt without regular trimming. Fortunately, the trimmed leaves are excellent for brewing teas, enhancing bathwater, or filling scented sachets.
It’s also worthwhile to explore Lime Verbena. Similar to its lemon counterpart, it offers a sharper, lime-infused fragrance.
3. Scented Geraniums
Scented Geraniums are remarkable for their wide range of aromas. They come in varieties like Rose, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Citronella, and even Apple and Apricot! These plants thrive with just a bit of sunlight and some shade during the hotter parts of the day. Should they grow too large or wild, they can be easily pruned and are simple to propagate from cuttings.
While their blooms are less showy than those of their non-scented relatives, scented geraniums have a unique texture. For instance, the rose geranium has a slightly spiky feel, while the peppermint geranium’s leaves are downy soft, reminiscent of touching a duckling! Either type invites you to touch and release their heavenly scent.
However, scented geraniums are quite strong in aroma, so they might not be ideal for making tea. But you can infuse their leaves in raw sugar to create a subtly scented sugar, perfect for enhancing the flavors in tea or baked goods.
Many advise against planting mint directly in the garden, warning it could overrun the space. However, I actually enjoy such challenges. In my garden, the hot summers cause the mint to recede into the soil, but it vigorously reemerges once the cooler weather arrives.
With more than a dozen mint varieties available, it’s best to select one that thrives in your specific growing conditions. My personal favorites include chocolate mint, spearmint, and the subtly powerful Pennyroyal, known for its ability to repel fleas and ants.
If the aroma of anise or liquorice appeals to you, then Hyssop, also known as Agastache, is a plant you’ll adore. Its appearance is similar to lavender, featuring spikes of purple flowers that bloom in spring. While I find Hyssop somewhat temperamental and delicate, its charming presence in the garden, along with its popularity among honeybees and beneficial insects, makes it worth the effort.
Hyssop is an annual herb, yet it naturalizes easily. Once introduced to your garden, it will reappear season after season, gracing your space with its presence.
The scent of Wormwood tends to divide opinions. Those familiar with Absinthe might recognize its distinct fragrance. Personally, I find it pleasant in moderation, though it can be a bit overwhelming. Its inclusion on this list is due to its practical uses. For instance, when I had chickens, I planted Wormwood around the coop’s perimeter to keep away lice, insects, and even worms.
Wormwood is notable for its striking silver-blue foliage and remarkable resilience, often thriving with minimal care. If it begins to spread too aggressively or encroach on other scented plants, a simple pruning back by half is sufficient for control, and it bounces back robustly. Additionally, it can be easily propagated from cuttings.
It seems that honeysuckle might be less popular these days, as I’ve noticed it’s harder to find locally. Honeysuckle is a robust grower, and for those unfamiliar with its aroma, its floral scent is intensely feminine and captivating.
The plant’s delicate white flowers, which gradually turn yellow, are not just visually appealing but also useful. They can be transformed into a glycerite or salve, ideal for calming inflamed or itchy skin. I have plans to plant honeysuckle to disguise an unsightly fence visible through my French doors. I envision opening these doors on a breezy summer evening while hosting friends, allowing the enchanting fragrance of honeysuckle to drift inside.
These wonderful aromatic plants are not only a delight in the garden but also have practical applications in the kitchen and are particularly valuable in herbal remedies.
Do you have a favorite aromatic plant that you find irresistible? Feel free to share your choice with us and leave a comment below!