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Fragrance Gardens

Scent is one of the strongest human senses, and fragrance gardens can add a new dimension to your landscape.

With thoughtful planning and design, it's not hard to create a pleasant fragrance garden using the tangy scent of tea olive blooms, the heady perfume of gardenia flowers, or the resinous smell of pine needles. Many edible plants, such as tomato, citrus, and herbs, have strong scents that can be incorporated into your fragrance garden.

Some plants release their fragrance with the heat of the sun, while others emit a scent only when crushed. Some plants, like night-blooming jasmine, moon vine, and angel's trumpet, have a scent only at night.

You can easily create a garden devoted to fragrance, as Florida is blessed with hundreds of divinely-scented plants—the trouble will be choosing which ones you want to plant!


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