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Fragrant flowers make the garden memorable. Fragrant foliage can extend a plant's perfume to your clothing as you pass, and in turn extend the garden's impact well beyond its borders. Choosing the fragrant flowers that fit your olfactory taste is critical. Many fragrant plants have as many devotee's as critics. The fragrance of a garden will change through the seasons as one fragrant flower blooms and then is replaced by another as it passes out of season. I love an early morning under Eucalyptus, the humidity seems to heighten the fragrance of the fallen leaves. The warm sun that shines on a bank of Purple Sage plants awakens my childhood memories.

Plant your old fashioned rose where you almost can't help but put your nose in the flower. Generate some mystery by placing the fragrant flowers of the narcissus far enough that the powerful fragrance can draw you to its source. Or plant the night blooming jasmine with its fragrant flowers for an evening's repose with a secluded table and make for an evening garden retreat. For some, just the thought of another rosemary filled garden is enough to make them run for cover but an herb garden with the wealth of fragrant foliage scents can be a great place for pondering the imponderables, or just a good place to get some outrageous flavors to add to the morning's eggs.

I made the mistake of planting Tagetes lemonii too close to our entry walkway for peace in our family. The fragrant foliage passed that scent to all that walked through the gate and brushed against the leaves. It is not a bad fragrance, just way to powerful for everybody in the house to smell like it. On the other hand when I planted the Voodoo Lily, that fragrant flower smelled like rotting fish under the bedroom window, such an uproar. My feeble excuse that "it wasn't blooming when I got it so how could I know," didn't get me very far. But scent from the fragrant flowers of an old fashioned rose, or butterfly bush, or the moment when the plum tree is humming its loudest with bees is just bliss. The list includes the plants that pollinated by flies and other carrion eaters, and are so noted with **, so that you might not also plant them where delicate noses will be offended.

Fragrant Garden, Fragrant Flowers, Night Blooming Jasmine

Fragrant Flowers --------jump to Fragrant Foliage
Acacia cognata * River Wattle
Acacia glaucoptera * Flat Wattle
Acacia podalyriifolia * Pearl Acacia
Acacia pravissima * Oven's Wattle
Acacia spectabilis * Mudgee Wattle
Acidanthera bicolor * Peacock Orchid
Agonis flexuosa After Dark * Purple Peppermint Tree
Akebia quinata * Chocolate Vine
Akebia quinata alba * White Chocolate Vine
Albizia julibrissin * Silk Tree
Alpinia zerumbet variegata * Variegated Shell Ginger
Arbutus unedo * Strawberry Tree
**Aristolochia gigantea * Dutchman's Pipe (foul smelling)
**Aristolochia littoralis * Calico Flower (foul smelling)
**Aristolochia macroura * Dutchman's Pipe (foul smelling)
Bauhinia variegata * Mountain Ebony
Bearss Lime * Citrus x latifolia
Beaumontea grandiflora * Easter Lily Vine
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea * Red Japanese Barberry
Bidens BeeDance Painted Red * Apache Beggarticks, Carpet Beggarticks
Brugmansia Betty Marshall * White Angel's Trumpet
Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi * Gold Angel's Trumpet
Brugmansia candida * White Angel's Trumpet
Buddleia asiatica * White Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Black Knight * Dark Purple Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Harlequin * Variegated Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Lochinch * Lavender Butterfly Bush
Buddleia marrubifolia * Woolly Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Miss Molly * Dwarf Red Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Nanho Purple * Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Pink Delight * Pink Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Honeycomb * Gold Butterfly Bush
Camellia japonica Chandleri elegans
Carissa macrocarpa * Natal Plum
Cassia artemesioides * Silver Senna
Ceanothus Anchor Bay
Ceanothus Centennial * California Lilac
Ceanothus Concha * California Lilac
Ceanothus Dark Star * California Lilac
Ceanothus Frosty Dawn * California Lilac
Ceanothus greggii * Desert Ceanothus
Ceanothus hearstiorum * California Lilac
Ceanothus Joan Mirov * California Lilac
Ceanothus Joyce Coulter
Ceanothus megacarpus * Bigpod Ceanothus
Ceanothus oliganthus sorediatus * Jim Brush
Ceanothus Ray Hartman * California Lilac
Ceanothus Snow Flurry * California Lilac
Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon * California Lilac
Ceanothus Yankee Point * California Lilac
Centranthus ruber * Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard
Cerastium tomentosum * Snow in Summer
Cestrum nocturnum * Night Blooming Jasmine
Chilopsis linearis Purple Splendor * Desert Willow
Chrysothamnus nauseosus * Rabbit Brush
Clerodendrum philippinum * Cashmere Bouquet
Cordyline Sunrise
Cosmos atrosanguineus * Chocolate Cosmos
Datura wrightii * Sacred Thorn Apple, Jimsonweed, Devil's Trumpet
Dianthus Moonglow * Carnation
Dianthus spotti * Carnation
**Dracunculus vulgaris * Voodoo Lily (Rotting Fish)
Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit * Cheyenne Spirit Cone Flower
Echinacea purpurea * Purple Cone Flower
Echinacea Sunset * Sunset Cone Flower
Eleagnus pungens * Silverberry
Ericameria nauseosa * Rabbit Brush
Erysimum Apricot Twist * Wallflower
Erysimum Bowles Mauve * Purple Wallflower
Erysimum Jenny Brook * Perennial Wallflower
Erysimum linifolium variegatum * Variegated Wallflower
Fraxinus dipetala * California Ash
Freesia alba * Freesia
Gelsemium sempervirens * Carolina Jessamine
Gnaphalium californicum * Pearly Everlasting
Hedychium gardnerianum * Kahili Ginger
Hedychium gardnerianum tara * Tara Ginger
Heliotropium arborescens * Heliotrope
Heliotropium arborescens alba * White Heliotrope
Heliotropium Black Beauty
Heliotropium curassavicum * Salt Heliotrope
Hesperocallis undulata * Desert Lily, Ajo Lily
Homeria collina * Cape Tulip
Hoya carnosa * Wax Vine
Hymenosporum flavum * Sweet Shade
Hyptis emoryi Silver Lining * Desert Lavender
Iris Black Gamecock * Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock
Iris Nada * (Iris japonica) Butterfly Iris
Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jasminum angulare * South African Jasmine
Jasminum polyanthum * Pink Jasmine
Lavandula dentata * French Lavender
Lavandula dentata candicans * Gray Leaved French Lavender
Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey * Goodwin Creek Lavender
Lavandula Grosso * Lavandin Grosso
Lavandula heterophylla * Sweet Lavender
Lavandula multifida * Fern Leaf Lavender
Lavandula pinnata buchii * Jagged Lavender
Lavandula provence * Blue Lavandin
Lomandra longifolia * Mat Rush
Lonicera japonica purpurea * Purple Leaf Japanese Honeysuckle
Lonicera subspicata denudata * Chaparral Honeysuckle
Lupinus bicolor * Miniature Lupine
Lupinus microcarpus densiflorus * Chick Lupine
Lupinus stiversii * Harlequin Lupine
Lupinus succulentus * Succulent Lupine
Malacothamnus davidsonii * Davidson's Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus fasciculatus * Bush Mallow
Malosma laurina * Laurel Sumac
Mandevilla suavolens * Chilean Jasmine
Melianthus major * Honey Bush
Michelia figo * Banana Shrub
Michelia yunnanensis
Mirabilis jalapa * Four O'Clock, Marvel of Peru
Montanoa grandiflora * Daisy Tree
Oenothera elata hookeri * Hooker's Evening Primrose
Oenothera missouriensis * Evening Primrose
Oscularia deltoides * Pink Iceplant
Osmanthus fragrans * Sweet Olive
Phlox subulata * Moss Pink
Passiflora alata * Wing Stemmed Passion Vine
Passiflora Incense * Incense Passion Flower
Philadelphus mexicanus plena * Double Flowering Evergreen Mock Orange
Phylica pubescens * Featherhead
Prunus andersonii * Desert Peach, Desert Almond
Prunus campanulata * Taiwan Flowering Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia * Holly Leaf Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii * Catalina Cherry
Psorelia pinnata * African Scurfpea
Pyrus calleryana * Bradford Pear
Rhodohypoxis baurii * Rose Grass
Ribes aureum * Golden Currant
Ribes malvaceum * Chaparral Currant
Robinia pseudoacacia Purple Robe * Purple Robe Black Locust
Rosa banksiae lutea * Yellow Lady Banks Rose
Rosa californica * California Wild Rose
Rose - abracadabra
Rose - Belle of Portugal
Rose - Cottage
Rose - English Garden
Rose - English Sachet
Rose - Fragrant Cloud
Rose - Reine des Violettes
Salvia Desperado * Desperado Sage
Sambucus mexicana * Mexican Elderberry
Smilacina racemosa  * False Soloman's Seal
Stephanotis floribunda * Madagascar Jasmine
Solanum jasminoides * Potato Vine
Syringia California Rose * Lilac
Syringia Excel * Lilac
Tristaniopsis laurina * Water Gum
Tulbaghia fragrans * Sweet Garlic
Wisteria sinensis blue * Blue Chinese Wisteria
Wisteria sinensis alba * White Chinese Wisteria
Yucca rostrata Blue Velvet * Big Bend Yucca, Beaked Yucca
Yucca whipplei * Our Lord's Candle

Fragrant Foliage

Achillea Cerise Queen * Yarrow
Achillea clavennae
Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold * Fernleaf Yarrow
Achillea hoffnung
Achillea kellereri
Achillea lanulosa
Achillea Moonshine
Achillea Paprika
Achillea Pomegranate
Achillea ptarmica * Pearl Yarrow, Sneezewort
Achillea Salmon Beauty
Achillea The Beacon
Achillea tomentosa
Agastache Apricot Sprite * Orange Hummingbird Mint
Agastache aurantiaca apricot * Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum * Anise Hyssop
Agastache Raspberry Summer * Raspberry Summer Hummingbird Mint
Agastache tutti-frutti * Hummingbird Mint
Agonis flexuosa * Peppermint Tree
Aloysia triphylla * Lemon Verbena
Antirrhinum multiflorum * Sticky Snapdragon
Artemisia absinthium * Absinthe
Artemisia californica * California Sagebrush
Artemisia Davids Choice * Sandhill Sage
Artemisia douglasiana * Mugwort
Artemisia frigida * Fringed Sage, Prairie Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana Silver King * Mugwort
Artemisia ludoviciana Valerie Finnis * Mugwort
Artemisia Powis Castle * Wormwood
Artemisia vulgaris * Mugwort
Chaenactis artemisiifolia * White Pincushion
Cistus Bennett's White * White Rockrose
Cistus ladanifer Blanche * White Rockrose
Cistus ladanifer maculata * Brown Eyed Rockrose
Cistus purpureus * Purple Rockrose
Cistus salviifolius * Sage Leaf Rockrose
Cistus skanbergii * Pink Rockrose
Cistus Sunset * Magenta Rockrose
**Cleome arborea * Bladderpod
Clerodendrum bungei * Rose Glorybower
Clerodendrum philippinum * Cashmere Bouquet
Clerodendrum ugandense * Blue Butterfly
Encelia farinosa * Brittlebush, Incienso
Foeniculum vulgare rubrum * Bronze Fennel, Anise
Galium aparine * Bedstraw
Geranium macrorhizum album * Oil of Geranium
Gnaphalium californicum * Pearly Everlasting
Halimiocistus wintonensis * Halimiocistus
Helichrysum petiolare * Licorice Plant
**Ipomopsis aggregata * Scarlet Gilia
**Isomeris arborea * Bladderpod
Juglans californica * California Walnut
Lavandula dentata * French Lavender
Lavandula dentata candicans * Gray Leaved French Lavender
Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey * Goodwin Creek Lavender
Lavandula heterophylla * Sweet Lavender
Lavandula intermedia Grosso * Lavandin Grosso
Lavandula intermedia provence * Blue Lavandin
Lavandula multifida * Fern Leaf Lavender
Lavandula pinnata buchii * Jagged Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Atlas * Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Coco Blue White * Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple * Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Otto Quast * Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Silver Anouk * Spanish Lavender
Lepechinia fragrans El Tigre * Island Pitcher Sage, Fragrant Pitcher Sage
Lepechinia hastata * Pitcher Sage
Magnolia brozzonii * Lily Magnolia
Magnolia Galaxy
Magnolia nigra
Magnolia soulangiana
Magnolia stellata  * Star Magnolia
Magnolia stellata pink * Pink Star Magnolia
Malosma laurina * Laurel Sumac
Melianthus major * Honey Bush
Monarda didyma * Bee Balm
Monardella lanceolata * Mustang Mint
Nepeta faassenii * Catmint
Origanum dictamnus * Crete Dittany
Origanum Hopleys Purple
Origanum Kaliteri * Greek Oregano
Origanum Kent Beauty
**Paeonia californica * California Peony(crushed foliage reeks of  skunk)
Pelargonium fragrans * Nutmeg Geranium
Pelargonium quercifolium * Oakleaf Geranium
Pelargonium reniforme
Pelargonium sidoides
Pelargonium tomentosum * Peppermint Scented Geranium
Pinus coulteri * Coulter Pine, Big Cone Pine
Pinus monophylla * Single Leaf Pinyon Pine
Poliomintha lingofolia * Mexican Oregano
Prostanthera ovalifolia * Mint Bush
Ribes malvaceum * Chaparral Currant
Stachys albotomentosa Hidalgo * Hidalgo Stachys, Seven-up Plant
Salvia Allen Chickering
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage
Salvia candelabrum * Candelabra Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia clevelandii Winnifred Gilman * Blue Sage
Salvia coahuilensis * Coahuila Sage
Salvia Desperado * Desperado Sage
Salvia dorisiana * Peach Sage, Fruit Scented Sage
Salvia elegans * Pineapple Sage
Salvia guaranitica Argentine Skies * Anise Scented Sage
Salvia guaranitica Costa Rica Blue
Salvia guaranitica Purple Majesty
Salvia leucophylla Pt Sal Spreader * Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera terra seca * Dwarf Black Sage
Salvia microphylla - Maraschino, Dark Dancer,Hotlips, Berzerkeley
Salvia Mystic Spires Blue * Dwarf Indigo Spires Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue * Pozo Blue Sage
Salvia uliginosa * Blue Spike Sage, Bog Sage
Santolina chamaecyparissus * Lavender Cotton
Santolina pinnata neapolitana Lemon Queen * Pinnate Lavender Cotton
Santolina virens * Green Lavender Cotton
Tagetes lemonii * Bush Marigold
Tagetes lucida * Mexican Tarragon
Tanacetum vulgare * Tansy
Teucrium ackermannii * Germander
Teucrium cossonii * Fruity Germander
Teucrium marum * Cat Thyme
Vitex agnus castus * Chaste Tree
Vitex trifolia purpurea * Arabian Lilac