Fragrance Gardens

June 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

The southeast in early June is filled with the heady fragrance of Southern Magnolia blossoms.  Their sweet fragrance drifts on the warm summer breeze and carries us away in our minds to special places.  At Maymont I am always pleased to receive an inquiry from a guest asking me to identify the fragrance they encountered along a pathway or in a garden during their recent visit.   The caller usually shares with me a story related to the fragrance that came to mind during their visit to Maymont.  

Enjoying the summer fragrances in your garden is easily accomplished by filling your beds with magnolia, gardenia, roses, monarda, lavender, nicotiana, jasmine, phlox and brugmannsia to name just a few.   Place these plants along walkways or near patios and porches so you enjoy their sweet perfume.  If you do not have the space to plant these olfactory favorites then I encourage you to visit Maymont, we are open until 7pm nightly.  You may enjoy the sweet air of the Dooley’s beautiful American Estate free of charge, although donations are appreciated.

Peggy Singlemann, Director of Horticulture

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