Creating a Fragrant Retreat

When entering the modest building where the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants is headquartered in Sun Valley, your first impression is aromatic. You cannot quite place the s...

Myrtles and their Kin

When it comes to fragrant leaves and exotic barks, no trees can match the myrtles (Myrtaceae). The common myrtle (Myrtus communis) is the appropriate species to start with when introducing the distin...

Intoxicating Scents of Early Spring

THAT SWEET, musky smell wafting in the air after our recent rain was unmistakable: the intoxicating smell of the rockrose. Any day now, flowers of the rockrose will open all across the Valley. The pl...

Jasmines of Early Spring

Throughout the East and the Midwest, the brilliant yellow flowers of Forsythia are the horticultural harbingers of spring. In the Valley, the fluorescent yellow flowers of primrose jasmine (Jasminum ...

Gardenia

Q: Can you tell me why the buds on my potted gardenias seem to dry up and fail to open? The plants seem to like more water than I expected in order to maintain healthy-looking foliage. Frank Caramell...

True Jasmines and Jasmine Wannabes

If you ever visit India, and are invited into someone’s home, you may be honored with a garland made of jasmine flowers, to be worn around your neck. Just as few gardens in Europe and America a...

Fall Garden Fragrances

There is no scent on earth that can rival that given off by sycamore trees after a rain. I was reminded of this fact after last week’s relatively short storm ended a rather long stretch of drou...

Helichrysum

Do you like the smell of curry, the classic seasoning of Indian cuisine? If so, you should think about growing curry plant (Helichrysum italicum). Its fragrance is identical to that of curry seasonin...