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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Nov 25, 2012 7:05 AM CST
I've grown alyssum for years, since long before I knew anything about seed starting. I'd just sprinkle a pack of seeds in the yard, and up they came. But now, the newer tetraploid types are especially nice- shorter plants which spread like crazy, with much bigger flowers and much longer blooming. They're the only thing left blooming in my yard now, despite the cold temps (in the 20s) and short days. The one I've been growing is clear crystals. I have some pics on this page:


Much the same history with nicotiana: I started them years ago by sprinkling a pack of seeds in the garden. The evening fragrance was amazing. But over the years, they got much too tall, hard to stake, and overtook everything else, so I got rid of them. It took a year or two to get rid of all the volunteers.

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Then, I missed the fragrance. Blinking So I was on a mission to find a dwarf, fragrant nicotiana. I tried one called, I think, Domino. It was only about 10 -12" tall, stood up well, but the color was dull and it had no fragrance. Last year I tried Perfume red and purple. It was about 18" tall, very pretty, but no fragrance at all.

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So, I remain on my mission to find a pretty, short, fragrant nicotiana. Any suggestions?

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Nov 25, 2012 8:07 AM CST

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all the short ones I tried so far.. no good.. hopefully someone has one
Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
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Dayjillymo
Dec 13, 2012 1:00 PM CST
Hello all - -- I love the conversations here! May I join in ? I tip my hat to you.

I've been gardening forever, but have a new yard to start over in. I joined the Piggy Seed Swap over in Cubits and have a boat load of seeds coming in January. I will enjoy learning from you folks and would love a place to post a picture or two and share what little info I have. I put on a big porch on two sides of my house this summer. That leaves me with new planting bed locations and I'm wanting to use lots of fragrant blooms to enjoy as I sit on my porch next summer. I'd love to join in now and then.

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Dec 13, 2012 1:24 PM CST
Welcome! Jill

Tell us more about your new planting area. What type of growing conditions (sun, shade etc) It would be great if you have some photos of the new area to do a before & after. How exciting!
Name: Jill
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Dayjillymo
Dec 13, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Thanks, Joanne.

The planting area is in full sun. It will vary between 4 ft wide and about 10 feet wide. We're still discussing just how to handle the slope. We will have some form of a retaining wall that gives us two or three levels at the sloped end of the bed. One end of the bed slopes down maybe two feet from the porch out 10 feet into the yard. The other end of the bed is level. The bed is about 25 feet long along the length of the porch. It's very much a work in progress. I hope to plant fragrance plants along with a few edibles that catch my imagination.

I have a Bloomerang lilac (it's supposed to rebloom!) planted. Love their fragrance! I already have more seed than I have space in that bed, but I'm always looking for alternatives that might be "perfect" and that I just can't bear to go without! Big Grin Obsession is such fun!
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springcolor
Dec 13, 2012 2:51 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Jill. I too would love to see your pictures as you progress. I have Bloomerang and It did rebloom this fall. It was just a wee thing this spring, I got it in one of the co-ops.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 13, 2012 5:05 PM CST
Welcome to the seeds forum, Jill. We're happy to have to join in. We're kind of slow now, as everyone is focusing on the holidays. But in January when seed starting begins in earnest, things will likely pick up a lot.

I haven't planned much of anything for this year. I guess my choices will be a surprise to me, too!

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 13, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Yep, it's pretty quiet right now, but just wait! I've picked up so much new stuff, I've lost track of what I have! And what I plant for next year will depend a lot on what survives this winter. But alyssum...always! I love the scent. What about a climbing rose or two, Jill? Maybe close to the house?
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 13, 2012 6:25 PM CST
I always start alyssum, too. Unusually white. Someone posted a picture of the purple, I think it was you, woofie?, so I ordered some mixed color alyssum clear crystal.

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Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
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Dayjillymo
Dec 13, 2012 9:10 PM CST
I see I've found some friendly folks here! Thank you for the warm welcome everyone. Smiling

Yes, Alyssum is on my list, too. I had not thought of roses yet, but I will keep them in mind. I think of them as unfriendly because it is so painful to work close to them. Evening Primrose and Night Phlox are on my list - I will enjoy the porch in the late afternoon and evening through the summer. I wish my climate were a bit warmer - I'd love to find a Jasmine or gardenia hardy enough for my zone 5 garden.

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bluegrassmom
Dec 14, 2012 6:37 AM CST
Welcome, I love so many plants too. Have you tried out the Daylily forum? Come on over and post and add your pics. We love seeing them in the winter!!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 14, 2012 11:25 AM CST
Oh, and don't forget heliotrope! Such a yummy scent!
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Roses_R_Red
Jan 8, 2013 6:39 AM CST
Just bought some heliotrope seeds, Woofie.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Jan 8, 2013 8:45 AM CST
Try not to get the foliage wet when watering them. The leaves are thick and fuzzy. I'm going to start some too.
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RickCorey
Jan 9, 2013 7:12 PM CST
Here's a strongly scented very xeric plant with very unusual blooms. 2-3 feet tall. Risingcreek sent me a bun ch of spiny blooms to pick seeds out of. Jars that I shook those blooms in a year ago STILL have a strong scent.

But is it a PLEASANT scent? Some use it as incense or potpouri, but the ATP Plant database calls it Fragrant / Malodorous.

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jan 26, 2013 11:48 PM CST
This may be a weird one, but I had some petunias last year that smelled amazing. I didn't start them from seed, but a friend always starts hers from seed. I have no idea which ones I had, and it took a while to figure out where the fragrance was coming from. I hate the smell of petunia foliage, but the flowers were delicious smelling! My husband even noticed, and he never notices the flowers!
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 27, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Natalie, What colour were the petunias? I found Tidal Wave Hot Pink very strong fragrance
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 27, 2013 9:34 AM CST
White Butterfly Gingers have always been my favorite fragrant plant until I got a Dwarf Jasmine Tree, Radermachera kunming - it just blew me away! One of its cousins is the plant that Joy perfume is made from. The flowers are awesome too! Hoping to get seeds this year and am going to try to root some cuttings.

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jan 27, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Cool flower Xeramtheum! I love the texture!

Joanne, It wasn't a wave petunia. Just a plain old petunia, and it was a mix, so there were many different colors. Each one smelled the same, and it was awesome. It gave me a whole new appreciation for petunias! I usually plant then every year so that the gardens are filled in some until the other plants get going. After that, they are usually buried by the larger plants. This year, I cut back some of the other plants so that I could keep the fragrance in the air!
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 11, 2013 6:08 PM CST
I started some Dracocephalum Blue Dragon from seed and the plants look great. I just potted them up into a bigger pot and will move them into the greenhouse in a few weeks.
The seed package says all summer blue blooms that are fragrant. Anyone know what they smell like? Here's a photo from the ATP database

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