Grow Fragrant Perennial Flowers

| 2/17/2012 3:11:03 PM

Heidi CardenasBased in Lake County, Illinois, Heidi Cardenas has been freelancing since 2000. She studied business administration at the College of Lake County and has a background in human resources administration. She has written for "Chicago Parent Magazine" and guest blogs for The Herb Companion, Natural Living and TribLocal. She enjoys writing on a wide range of topics, but especially gardening, natural living, and home and family eco topics, and she helps you get your green on at  

Forget the sprays, perfumes and other scented products and grow unusual fragrant flowers instead. You’ll have natural aromatherapy on-hand from early summer through autumn and fresh, natural materials for potpourri, sachets and cut flowers anytime you’d like. Grow your own fresh supply of fragrant flowers this year to scent your life and use as cut flowers, for crafts, and in natural personal care treatments.

This is the time of year that a gardener’s heart and mind starts wandering, dreaming of summer skies and lush garden growth. My garden daydreams start with plans to surround my gazebo with climbing and vining flowers, and the more fragrant the flowers are, the better. There is nothing like relaxing outside surrounded by beautiful greenery, with the heady scent of fragrant flowers wafting through the air. Another wonderful benefit of fragrant flowers is the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds they attract. 

I like to cultivate perennial flowers that come back year after year, providing permanent garden installations that multiply so I can share with friends and family. I also like to grow unusual varieties and cultivars. A few unusual flowers I want to plant in my backyard this year grow from bulbs, which I think are some of the easiest kinds of perennials to plant. 

chocolate cosmos 
Chocolate Cosmos. Photo By Olga D. van de Veer/Courtesy Fotolia 

Chocolate Cosmos