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Top Fragrant Native Plants

Posted by Tammy Sons https://www.gardenplantsnursery.com

Top Fragrant Native Plants

Walking into your well-planned backyard and anticipating a relaxing day is one of the greatest pleasures of life. The one thing that makes it even more appealing is taking a long, deep breath and smelling the sweet fragrance of the area. 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

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 are also a fall 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 that are 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

Cedar trees are large evergreens with needles rather than leaves. The needles grow on scented, woody branches in a spiral pattern. The true cedar tree produces wood that is often used in keepsake chests. These trees are most often found at higher altitudes. There are several trees belonging to the cypress family that some call cedar trees, but they are different. One of the biggest differences is the shape and growth of the cones. True 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.

Wisteria

The wisteria is a cold-hardy climbing vine that produces clusters of flowers in colors of lilac, white, purple, or blue. The wisteria grows so quickly that it is necessary to keep it pruned and tamed, or it will 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.

Lilac

The simple lilac packs a huge 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 popular version is the Manchurian violet, which can reach 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.