Aromatic Plants

Fragrant and easy on the eyes―these plants are great for a coastal garden spot.

Mock Orange

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Mock Orange

Philadelphus spp., Deciduous Shrub
 Zone: Various depending upon species
 Color: Green foliage with white flowers
 Blooms: Late spring to early summer
 Light: Full sun to partial shade
 Care: Requires regular to moderate water
 Notes: This shrub is wonderful for natural screening and background planting. As long as it is located in an area that drains well, this plant will flourish.

Cut-leaf Lilac

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Cut-leaf Lilac

Syringa spp., Deciduous Shrub
 Zone: Various depending upon species
 Color: White, purple, blue, magenta, lavender, light pink, red
 Blooms: Early spring to early summer
 Light: Full sun or light shade
 Care: Requires regular water
 Notes: Before planting a lilac, check that the location has well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. If necessary, add lime before planting.

Sweet Alyssum

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Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima, Annual
Zone: All zones
Color: White, lavender, pink, purple, apricot, rose, yellow
Blooms: Late spring through early fall; yearround in mild climates
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Care: Requires regular water
Notes: This hardy plant will grow in almost any soil and works well as a ground cover, potted plant, window box, hanging basket, edging, or as a filler in any bed.

Ginger Lily

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Ginger Lily

Hedychium spp., Perennial
Zone: Various depending upon species
Color: White, cream, pink, red, yellow, orange, salmon
Blooms: Late summer or early fall
Light: Full sun or light shade
Care: Requires frequent watering
Notes: Perform well in large planters, near patios and pools, or along foundations or walls.

Freesia

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Freesia

Freesia iridaceae, Corms
Zone: Hardy to 20F
Color: White, pink, red, lavender, purple, blue, yellow, and orange
Blooms: Spring and again in fall
Light: Full sun or partial shade
Care: Requires regular watering during bloom and growth period
Notes: Corms should be planted two inches deep in well-drained soil in the fall. For colder climates, freesias can be planted in a pot and grown in a sunny window until it is warm enough outside to transplant them.

Sweet Pea

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Sweet Pea

Lathyrus spp., Annual or Perennial Vines
Zone: Various zones depending upon species
Color: Blue, lavender, pink, purple, salmon, maroon, red, rose, white
Blooms: Late spring through early fall; fall through winter in mild climates
Light: Full sun
Care: Required amount of water varies according to species
Notes: These versatile plants are easy to grow and adapt to many different gardening zones and climates.

Flowering Tobacco

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Flowering Tobacco

Nicotiana sylvestris, Perennial
Zone: All zones
Color: Green, pink, salmon, red, white
Blooms: Late spring through early fall
Light: Full sun or partial shade
Care: Requires regular water
Notes: The flowers open at night to release an intense fragrance, making this a wonderful choice for a patio, where you can enjoy the scent under moonlight. This plant is poisonous if ingested.

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