Not all flowers are created equal when it comes to fragrance-and that is a good thing. Too many different fragrances in the same place can be overwhelming. Achieve a nice balance in the garden by planting fragrant flowers near flowers that do not have a scent. Fragrant flowers come in all colors and sizes, so it is easy to match them up with their non-fragrant counterparts. Fragrant flowers also will attract butterflies and bees to the garden.
Crocus is also known as Dutch crocus and spring crocus. It is a member of the lily Family. It puts in an appearance in the spring, sometimes even in areas where snow is still on the ground. It is a small plant that grows in clumps and produces grass-like leaves. Its flowers resemble a very small wine glass. Each plant can have up to five flowers and come in almost any color, including combinations of colors and stripes. Crocuses are hardy in all of the continuous states a far south as central Florida. They like full sun or partial shade.
Butterfly blue, or Scabiosa columbaria, is also known as small scabious. It is a member of the sundew family. The plant grows up to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It produces lance-shaped, hairy, gray-green leaves that grow from 2 to 6 inches long. It has small lavender-blue flowers that bloom from summer until first frost. The plant is native to the Mediterranean and western Asia. It needs full sun and well-drained soil that should be more on the dry side. It is hardy in all but the coldest areas in the north. Butterfly blue is a favorite of bees and butterflies.
Giant Rose Mallow
Giant rose mallow, or Hibiscus grandiflorus, is also known as swamp hibiscus, velvet mallow and giant hibiscus. The plant grows up to 10 feet high and produces fuzzy gray-green leaves that grow up to 10 inches long and wide. It has pale pink flowers with crimson at the base. Petals grow to 6 inches long. The flowers do not live long, opening in the late afternoon and dying by noon the next day, but each plant will produce up to 12 new flowers each day all the way through the fall. Giant rose mallow needs full sun and a moist to wet soil. The plant lives in a wetlands environment and cannot take a soil that gets too dry. It is hardy in the south, from Georgia to the south of Florida, along the Gulf Coast and up the West Coast. Giant rose mallow is a good choice for planting by a pond or alongside a stream.