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Carrolton KY
May 10, 2016 11:54 AM CST
I have two experiments for “scent” gardens in mind. One is in wooded area with a high canopy. (shade) The other is full sun. The idea is to come up with a list of highly fragrant plants that are still fragrant in November. They should be truly fragrant perennials. Should be fragrant without being disturbed/cut/touched. Should be winter hardy.
I just planted 4 Witchhazel trees and I am looking at Russian Sage. Any suggestions?

Name: Elaine
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May 10, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Don't you usually have frost by November where you are? It's a big ask, for plants that will still be blooming and fragrant that late. But if you shop the nurseries and garden centers in the fall right before they close down, you'll be able to see what's available, and also get some good discounts.

About the only thing I can think of that's dependable, fragrant and will stand a little frost are fall-planted Pansies or Violas and they may or may not survive the winter and bloom again next spring. But they are widely available for planting in the fall, smell great and are really beautiful and colorful. If your high canopy of shade is under deciduous trees, then once the leaves fall it gets sunny and warmer which might carry some more different plants through later into November. But it's really going to depend upon the weather each year.

For the full sun area, I'd go for roses. They re-bloom dependably about every 6 weeks and I've had roses in my Utah garden as late as Dec. 10th. Buy fragrant Hybrid Teas for the dependable re-bloom cycle.

There are some daylilies that re-bloom and are fragrant, too. But again, it's going to depend upon the weather. Some say they are re-bloomers but they're not dependable.

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May 10, 2016 3:04 PM CST
Asters and mums are the last perennial blooms here except some tall sedum , but none of those have much in smell.
A fragrant rose would be the only thing I could think of also.
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