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Herbaceous flowers and herbs with attractive scented foliage

The majority of these scented herbs and herbaceous flowers will be associated with herb gardens where they are be planted for medicinal or culinary use as much as for aesthetic value. However all of these plants can be slipped in amongst ornamental plantings where not only will they please the eye with attractive foliage and blossom, but provide additional prolonged nasal impact. Scented foliage plants are especially well suited for use in sensory gardens where they will be much appreciated by the visually impaired garden visitor.

Such plants will be happy toughing it out in a hot sunny spot, prefering a drier soil in full sun. Such conditions will tend to enhance the impact of the scent produced. Only Bay will tolerate a degree of shade, ahivng the added advantage of being trimmable shrub that can be shaped and sculpted.


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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Laurus nobilis - Bay TreeLaurus nobilis

Bay Tree
Shrub, Herbs, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Salvia officinalis - Purpurascens - Purple SageSalvia officinalis

'Purpurascens'

Purple Sage
Shrub, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpreadingDark blue flowers (Summer)
Nepeta x faassenii - Catmint, NepetaNepeta x faassenii

Catmint, Nepeta
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Spreading archingLight blue flowers (Summer early, scented)
Allium schoenoprasum - Chive, AlliumAllium schoenoprasum

Chive, Allium
Herbs, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpikeyDark pink flowers (Spring)
Rosmarinus officinalis - Jackmans Prostrate - Prostrate RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis

'Jackmans Prostrate'

Prostrate Rosemary
Shrub, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpreadingDark blue flowers (Summer)
Monarda - Ruby Glow - BergamontMonarda

'Ruby Glow'

Bergamont
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Culinary, Rounded - BushDark pink flowers (Summer)
Mentha piperita - Peppermint, MenthaMentha piperita

Peppermint, Mentha
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Container-friendly, Upright - ClumpDark pink flowers (Summer)
Thymus vulgaris - ThymeThymus vulgaris

Thyme
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Ground cover, Alpine, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpreadingWhite flowers (Summer)
Agastache foeniculum - Anise HyssopAgastache foeniculum

Anise Hyssop
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Annual/Bulb, SpreadingViolet flowers (Summer late, scented)
Artemisia ludoviciana - Silver Queen - ArtemisiaArtemisia ludoviciana

Silver Queen

Artemisia
Shrub, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushYellow flowers (Summer, scented)


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