BEAUTY IN THE FRIDGE

Episode 85: Fragrant Plants

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Alternate titles for this episode: Plants That Stink or Smell This Episode. Kidding aside, lovely smelling plants are a bonus that every garden deserves. We all spend so much time on making sure our gardens look good, we seldom think about how they smell. And we’re not just talking roses here people. On today’s episode we feature a plethora of perennials and even a couple of shrubs that make us think of root beer, vanilla, and all sorts of sugary confections. Steve got hungry halfway through, so please forgive the few minutes of dead air while he tracked down the nearest donut.

Expert testimony: Julie Lane Gay is a garden designer and former nursery owner in Vancouver, British Columbia.


This episode is sponsored by Bluestone Perennials


Steve’s Plants

‘Eden’s Perfume’ peony  (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Eden’s Perfume’, Zones 3-8)

‘David’ garden phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘David’, Zones 4-8)

‘Hidcote’ English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’, Zones 5-9)

‘Magnifica’ coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens ‘Magnifica’, Zones 4-8)

‘David’ garden phlox
‘David’ garden phlox
‘Hidcote’ English lavender
‘Hidcote’ English lavender
‘Magnifica’ coral honeysuckle
‘Magnifica’ coral honeysuckle
‘Eden’s Perfume’ peony
‘Eden’s Perfume’ peony

Danielle’s Plants

Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii, Zones 4-8)

‘Fragrant Delight’ heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens ‘Fragrant Delight’, Zones 10-11)

‘Guacamole’ hosta (Hosta ‘Guacamole’, Zones 3-9)

Variegated winter daphne (Daphne odora  ‘Aureo-marginata’, Zones 7-9)

‘Fragrant Delight’ heliotrope
‘Fragrant Delight’ heliotrope
'Guacamole' hosta
‘Guacamole’ hosta
 Koreanspice viburnum
Koreanspice viburnum
Variegated winter daphne
Variegated winter daphne

Julie Lane Gay ( credit: Julie Lane Gay)
Julie Lane Gay ( credit: Julie Lane Gay)

Expert’s Plants

Julie Lane Gay is a garden designer and former nursery owner in Vancouver, British Columbia.

‘Winter Beauty’ honeysuckle (Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’, Zones 6-9)

‘Painted Lady’ sweet pea (Lathyrus ‘Painted Lady’, annual)

‘Apricot Sprite’ hyssop (Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’, Zones 6-9)

‘Brunette’ baneberry (Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’, Zones 3-8)

'Apricot Sprite' hyssop
‘Apricot Sprite’ hyssop
'Brunette' baneberry
‘Brunette’ baneberry
'Winter Beauty' honeysuckle
‘Winter Beauty’ honeysuckle (credit: Julie Lane Gay)

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