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It should be noted that what produces the scent is important to know in selecting various plants for the garden and one should not just fill up a garden with as many scented plants as possible.
Among the trees mentioned, the scent from the pines and eucalyptus come from their leaves and are not overpowering unless there is a large grouping or the environmental conditions are just right. On the other hand, the Orange tree is fragrant only during its blossoming period and is powerful enough to smell without even being nearby.
Several factors must therefore be examined:
· Appropriateness in its form, i.e. tree, shrub, ground cover, accent, container or pots.
· Type of fragrances of similar character may be grouped, i.e. aromatic vs. sweet;
· Size and form of the plants should drive the placement rather than the actual scents;
· Time of year the fragrance is at peak. Offset down times with something else that will fill in;
· Balance the use of evergreens, perennials, annuals so that you don’t have to re-plant your garden every season.
Accentuate the aroma garden with other elements that trigger your other senses. Use flowering shrubs and annuals to create color combinations that brighten the garden and balance your primary scented plants or vice versa.
Edible garden elements will bring a sense of taste and can be accomplished by using fruit trees, berries, nuts, and certainly all vegetables and cooking herbs.
Sound can be introduced in windy areas by selecting certain trees and tall shrubs that make sound in the wind, the rustling of their leaves or branches.
Without wind or deciduous trees, water fountains and wind chimes can be used.
So what makes this garden sacred? You do. Select a particular plant that has a certain fragrance or scent that has special meaning to you.
Pick a time when this plant is flowering or is otherwise available to pick a flower or leaf, take it to your designated sitting area and go back in time to when you first remember smelling that fragrance. How old were you? Where were you? What happened then? You will most likely remember a pleasant memory, one that brings you joy. What’s that wise saying I always hear?.... Stop and smell the roses?