Apr07

Smell that Smell

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As we are planing our garden this year we have decided to add some fragrance to it.There is nothing like the windows being open and smelling the flowers as we doze off.  So I was looking in to some of the more fragrant flowers and found these, as ones that will do well in our area, zone 4.

Oriental Lilly: We have some in the garden already so in the fall which is the best time to separate them after they bloom we will do that.
I find their care is relatively easy.

Water freely and apply a high-potash liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks.

Keep moist in winter snow helps with that here.

Apply a thin layer of compost each spring,we will be following that by a 2-inch or more layer of cedar chips.

Water plants in the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.They like the water but make sure there in well drained soil

Stake the tall lilies.

Dianthus or as grandma use to call them Pinks:

They have a clove scent but some don’t so sniff before you buy.

They to have little care.

They like full sun and well-drained soil, Dianthus won’t tolerate wet soils.

Plant in spring or fall 6 to 12 inches apart.

Stake tall varieties.

Remove old flowers.

Trim mounding kind to encourage reblooming.

You can divide plant every 3 to 4 years in the spring by lifting the plant and dividing them into clumps.

Lily-of-the-Valley: one of my favorites that brings back lots of great childhood memories

They have a very sweet heavy scent. The leaves will turn golden yellow in the fall with a stem of bright red berries.

Lily-of-the-valley loves the shade.

They will multiply to a thick colony.

It can be very aggressive so you will want to plant it where it can be contained.

Sweet Iris: I love this plant even though I don’t get a really strong smell ,like grape soda, the leaves and flower are so beautiful and classic to me.

The striped is the most common form of this iris.

It like well drained soil and a least a half a day in the sun.

It can grow up to 3 feet so it will be a very striking addition to your garden.

Last on my list is

Mock Orange:

This is a shrub and with the citrus scent it work great next to a walkway or by your patio.

Plant as you would most shrubs with the hole twice the diameter of the pot and water thoroughly.

Mock orange benefits from regular pruning. The process typically involves removing one-fifth to one-third of the oldest and largest stems at ground level. This will make the shrub full from the bottom up.Selective pruning also improves the shrub’s flowering capacity by allowing more light to reach the interior of the plant.

So this spring will be busy for us but we sure will enjoy smelling that smell.



Apr 07

Smell that Smell

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