Top Fragrant Native Plants
Whether you are looking for the woody scent and sight of a tree, the heady sweetness of several bushes or the ornamental sight of flowering vines entwined in a lattice or along the fence, one of these four fragrant plants will be sure to meet your needs perfectly.
Honeysuckle Vine - A Fragrant Favorite
I am looking for a rapidly-growing vine that can handle all but the most extreme cold? A honeysuckle vine may be perfect for you. This vine is a favorite of both hummingbirds and butterflies. The berries it produces in the fall are also a favorite with many birds and other wildlife. This vine can be used for shade, as a decorative trellis, or even along a fence line to create a privacy screen.
The four most popular types of honeysuckle vines include Trumpet, which produces coral to red flowers lined with yellow to gold, and Dropmore, whose ever-blooming tangerine blooms start in late spring and end in bright red berries in the fall. The Pink Lemonade vine is also known as Goldflame. It is the most ornamental, with pink flowers hiding a buttery yellow center.
Cedar Trees - A Favorite Of Many Especially For Christmas
Cedar trees are large evergreens with needles rather than leaves. The needles grow on scented, woody branches in a spiral pattern. The actual cedar tree produces wood that is often used in keepsake chests. These trees are most often found at higher altitudes. Several trees belong to the cypress family that some call cedar trees, but they are different. One of the most significant differences is the shape and growth of the cones. Actual cedar trees have barrel-shaped cones that grow upward from the branches rather than dangling. The Atlas, or Atlanta, cedar tree is perfect in yards as it is the most ornamental and grows only to forty feet.
The wisteria is a cold-hardy climbing vine that produces clusters of flowers in lilac, white, purple, or blue colors. The wisteria proliferates that it is necessary to keep it pruned and tamed or soon take over the whole area. One advantage of this is that it can be used as a lovely ground cover if you prefer. The most popular varieties are Chinese and Japanese. The Chinese wisteria has flowers that open all at once, while the Japanese wisteria produces a longer blooming period with the flowers opening over several days.
The simple lilac packs a fantastic fragrance that is easily recognizable by nearly everyone. There are thirty known species of this plant, and they produce over 2000 varieties. The flower clusters consist of four-petal flowers that bloom from mid-May to mid-June. Colors are most often lavender to dark violet, with some white varieties. The most prevalent version is the Manchurian violet, reaching as much as nine feet in height. The flowers are violet to purple, and the leaves turn from dark green in summer to reddish-purple in fall.