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The Art of Gardening

Fragrant Plants for Mother's Day

Nothing better expresses love than perfume caressing the air.... Here are some of our favorite fragrant plants for you to show your love for Mom!

For an intensely evocative fragrance, nothing beats Gardenia! Sky has both houseplant and hardy varieties. One whiff and she'll be in the tropics... or on your first date.

Or remind her of your wedding with Mock Orange (Philadelphus), whose white flowers are frequently added to bridal bouquets for their perfume and the purity of their form.

Want color and fragrance together? The Pansy Orchid (Miltoniopsis) is a bicolor variety with a sweet face and sweeter aroma. Choose from combinations of pink, purple, red, maroon, yellow, and white.

Or if her tastes run to an incandescent blaze, a deciduous Azalea is an unbeatable choice. Peachy-pink 'Cannon's Double' - vivid orange 'Gibralter'- deep pink - pure yellow, in shades from butter to gold - a shade to match any garden, so long as demureness is not a constraint.

If it is, of course, there are wonderful old time favorites available now. Lilacs, Roses, 'Korean Spice' Viburnum, Star Jasmine, Lavender, Peonies...

And sometimes it's the little things in life that count. Some of the most fragrant plants in the garden are among the smallest. Lily-of-the-Valley, Alyssum, Dianthus, Wallflower, Hesperis, and Stock all carry a perfume punch far beyond their size.

Fill Mom's garden with scent!

Picked by Sky Staff
Skylights Spring/Summer 2009, Vol 24, No. 2

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