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Shrubs with scented blossom for mixed borders, wall planting and as specimen plants

A number of flowering trees and shrubs also offer the added bonus of providing scent for passers by. When planting scented trees and shrubs it is always worth bearing in mind location of planting as garden users need to get relatively close to a plant before its scent can be appreciated. Locating a scented plant in a sheltered spot near a window, or better still near a frequently used door, where it can really be appreciated.

Think about timing, as some of these shrubs (most notably the Viburnum, shrubby honeysuckle and witch Hazel) give off a delicious scent at the darkest depths of winter, so best plant them near the house or garden path where they can be appreciated. Also bear in mind that for summer flowering shrubs scent is usually stronger during the evening as scented flowering plants are often pollinated by night flying moths and insects.

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Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Hamamelis X intermedia - Jelena - Witch HazelHamamelis X intermedia


Witch Hazel
Shrub, Container-friendly, Rounded - TreeYellow flowers (Winter, scented)
Osmanthus x burkwoodii - Holly Olive, OsmanthusOsmanthus x burkwoodii

Holly Olive, Osmanthus
Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Spring, scented)
Philadelphus coronarius - Aureus - Golden Mock OrangePhiladelphus coronarius


Golden Mock Orange
Shrub, Spreading archingWhite flowers (Summer early, scented)
Viburnum farreriViburnum farreri Shrub, Rounded - BushDark pink flowers (Winter, scented)
Daphne bholua - DaphneDaphne bholua

Shrub, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Winter, scented)
Lavandula intermedia - Grosso - LavenderLavandula intermedia


Shrub, Herbs, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, SpikeyDark blue flowers (Summer, scented)
Rosa  - Harlow CarrRosa

'Harlow Carr'
Shrub, Rounded - BushCerise flowers (Summer, scented)
Lonicera X purpusiiLonicera X purpusii Shrub, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Winter, scented)
Chimonanthus praecox - Luteus - Winter Sweet, ChimonanthusChimonanthus praecox


Winter Sweet, Chimonanthus
Shrub, Rounded - BushYellow flowers (Winter, scented)
Mahonia nervosa - MahoniaMahonia nervosa

Shrub, Ground cover, SpreadingYellow flowers (Spring, scented)

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