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Herbaceous perennials with aromatic foliage

Gardeners often overlook the full range sensory appeal that can come with certain garden plants. Maybe we focus to much on flower and foliage colour and overlook, or maybe over smell, the impact of plants that have scented foliage.

Scented foliage is often associated with Mediterranean herbs, which will flourish in hot dry areas of the garden. Herbs such as Sage, Rosemary and Lavender will also produce a decent display of blossom and also have interesting foliage and have culinary value, so many scented foliage plants are actually in rounders.

Interesting smelling leaves will be much appreciated by children who will love the crush and sniff appeal of such plants. Also for visually impaired garden users scented foliage can be appreciated for its feel and its smell, especially if scented plants are planted in raised beds near where garden visitors might site and enjoy the garden.


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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Helichrysum angustifolium - Curry PlantHelichrysum angustifolium

Curry Plant
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushYellow flowers (Summer late)
Salvia officinalis - Purpurascens - Purple SageSalvia officinalis

'Purpurascens'

Purple Sage
Shrub, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpreadingDark blue flowers (Summer)
Melissa officinalis - Lemon BalmMelissa officinalis

Lemon Balm
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - Clump flowers
Thymus vulgaris - ThymeThymus vulgaris

Thyme
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Ground cover, Alpine, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpreadingWhite flowers (Summer)
Nepeta sibirica - Catswort, NepetaNepeta sibirica

Catswort, Nepeta
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, SpreadingDark blue flowers (Summer, scented)
Foeniculum vulgare - Purpureum - Purple Fennel, FoeniculumFoeniculum vulgare

Purpureum

Purple Fennel, Foeniculum
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Culinary, Upright - ClumpYellow flowers (Summer)
Lavandula intermedia - Grosso - LavenderLavandula intermedia

'Grosso'

Lavender
Shrub, Herbs, Ground cover, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpikeyDark blue flowers (Summer, scented)
Origanum vulgare - Aureum - OraginoOriganum vulgare

'Aureum'

Oragino
Herbaceous Flowers, Herbs, Ground cover, Alpine, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpreadingDark pink flowers (Summer)
Salvia officinalis - SageSalvia officinalis

Sage
Shrub, Herbs, Ground cover, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpreadingLight blue flowers (Summer)
Agastache - Black Adder - Giant HyssopAgastache

'Black Adder'

Giant Hyssop
Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, Annual/Bulb, SpreadingDark blue flowers (Summer late)


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