Trees and Shrubs

The Best Fragrant Shrubs to Use in Your Garden II

Oakleaf Hydrangea Quercifolia

There are many gorgeous fragrant shrubs you can use in your garden. Some of them bloom early in the spring, from March to April, while others have their flowers later in the spring. However, there are also those shrubs that get their flowers in the summer and those that keep their blooms well into the fall or even to the winter.

Here are some additional fragrant shrubs you can use to have a wonderful scented garden:

Mock Orange or Philadelphus

This is a wonderful shrub that flowers in June. This is one of the first shrubs ever brought to the US. Just like lilac, it was planted by the early settlers and it remained popular ever since.

There are many new hybrids that make the sweet scent even more pronounced. Probably the most popular variety is Philadelphus virginalis. This is a double-flowered plant poplar for its scent. Another good choice is “Belle Etoile”. It is another fragrant mock orange you can choose for your garden.

These plants have a star-shaped blossoms with a strong fragrance that can fill the whole garden. If you plant them near a window you can enjoy their sweet scent inside of your home. These wonderful mock oranges will thrive in semi-shade.

Carolina All Spice (Calycanthus floridus)

This is a sweet shrub that is well-known to many gardeners. It has a characteristic spicy scent that prevails throughout the whole summer. It is a shrub native to Southern states and it’s been popular for centuries.

Hydrangea Quercifolia

The oakleaf hydrangea is one of the most beautiful shrubs you can grow in the garden. It is not as popular as some other plants mentioned on this list but it is a great choice for those who want to have a garden full of fragrance.

The flowers of this shrub resemble those of the common Hydrangea paniculata but are much larger. Flowers grow from huge conical heads in June. They are white when they first open but as the season advances they get a rosy hue. At the maturity, the flowers have a purplish tint.

This is such a wonderful shrub even when it doesn’t flower. It has very beautiful foliage. It is shaped like oak leaves. The leaves change color during the season, turning into bronze. In order to make this plant thrive, it is best to grow it in shade or in full surf.

Oakleaf Hydrangea Quercifolia

Clethra Alnifolia

This is a sweet pepper bush that is excellent for your garden. It blooms in summer, making your garden very fragrant.

This bush is native to eastern seacoast. It is known as “Sailor’s delight” in Massachusetts because of the sailors coming into the port used to catch their scent still far out at sea.

This is a compact shrub that grows about four feet in height. It has finger-like clusters of white and pink flowers that are sweetly scented.

It also has a pink variety, Clethra rosea. Their blossoms fade into a pyramidal cluster of black seeds that look like pepper corns. This is why this plant is known as “pepper bush”. This plant prefer semi-shaded and moist spot to thrive.

Vitex macrophylia (Chaste tree)

This is a highly aromatic shrub. This plant can bloom until frost. It is easy to grow but it requires sunshine to thrive. It is sometimes necessary to do severe pruning on them but they will always grow back with lush growth. This shrub has very fragrant blossoms on attractive spikes so it will sure make a fantastic addition to your garden.

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