Friday, May 25, 2012

Sweet Shrubs

One design element that most gardeners forget about is scent in the garden.  Why would waste space on just a plan old holly bush when you can have a wonderful foundation planting of sweet gardenias.  My favorite varieties are 'Mystery' which has the big flower and 'August Beauty' which has smaller flowers but is a tougher plant. 

But don't forget about the fragrant Star Jasmine.  This plant is semi-bush and semi-vine.  Great ground cover or trellis plant, the Star Jasmine is so easy to grow.  Full sun to semi-shade is what it prefers.

Both gardenias and jasmines require good drainage.  Don't forget to fertilize after they both bloom and prune back after they flower.

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