Japanese Honeysuckle, lonicera japonica, gives off the sweetest perfume which is why I bought this plant on purpose without knowing its invasiveness. I haven't had a problem with it being overly agressive yet as I just bought it in April. I understand from reading, after the purchase, that it is spread by the berries it produces. So, it probably will be pulled and replaced. Probably. Oh, I hate this. Maybe I will just quit reading up on plants, or maybe I will only buy plants I have read about and know what to expect.
Jasminum nitidum, Angelwing jasmine, grows as a shrub at My Garden Path. These flowers are lightly scented, not as strong as some other jasmines. It usually makes it through our winters but this year it is starting fresh from the roots. This is the cover for one of the rain barrels so I hope it grows fast!
Of course, my lovely roses are full of sweet, fragrant blooms that flavor my morning walk-through with delight.
The African Blue Basil is just starting to bloom. I keep this in a pot so I can protect it in winter. It is perennial but not at all cold tolerant. Does it ever smell wonderful even with just a few beginning blooms! The leaves have a fragrance just as other basils do but it's the flowers that really put out the fragrance.
Lovely Mirabilis jalapa, known as four o'clocks because of the timing of the opening of their blooms, greet me along My Garden Path at 9 o'clock AM. My plants are as mixed up as their caretaker can be, I guess.
There are several fragrantly blooming shrubs in my garden. These have all been added just this spring.
Osmanthus fragrans, Tea Olive has flushed with blooms for a second time since being planted.
The Sweet Almond bush, Aloysia virgata, is blooming in dappled shade even though it is supposed to like full sun. I'm hoping it will be happy here as I really don't have a large area for it anywhere else. I really want to put a bench or chair here so I can enjoy the vanilla almond scent while watching the grands at play.
These buds haven't opened and released their fragrance yet, but I wanted to include this lovely native shrub in this post. Simpson's Stopper, Myrcianthes fragrans, is growing in semi-shade in my boggy area. So far, it seems like a happy shrub. This shrub is actually very pretty and is a great wildlife attractor. Plans are for more of this shrub to be planted along the fenceline in this area.
Oh! I almost forgot the grape tomatoes! There are just enough ripe ones to use for a salad tonight. These are the first ones ready. I'm hoping they will stand up to the heat that's already here and keep producing. It seems that this might be a short tomato season for me.