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Look for healthy magnolias with evenly spaced branches. A container-grown plant can be slipped out of its pot to inspect the roots. Healthy roots are white, whereas diseased roots are brown to black and often have a sour odor. Check out our Magnolia Cultivars Checklist for more information on the varieties that might be available at your local nursery.
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And provide it with some shade from intense afternoon sunlight. An annual in temperate zones, heliotrope Heliotropium is also grown as a perennial in warmer regions. Heliotrope displays masses of showy white, mauve, or purple blossoms nestled among thick, bright green leaves with a scent reminiscent of almonds, vanilla, or cherry pie.
Hardy in Zones , it can be planted in the garden or in containers, and can even be moved indoors over the winter. And you can find all of the details on growing this cottage garden favorite here. Petunias enjoy a fertile soil, six hours of sun each day, and regular watering. As the summer progresses, cut back leggy growth a couple of stems at a time to force more blooms. Terrific in containers, plant plenty on or around the perimeter of your patio to enjoy on warm summer evenings. Low-growing, dense mounds produce tiny white, pink, or mauve flowers from spring until autumn.
Sow in garden beds and containers, then let it self-seed freely to spread its lovely scent throughout the garden. Sweet peas Lathyrus odoratus also make an excellent cut flower, so plant enough to bring some indoors. The everlasting species are classified as perennials, but their fragrance comes in a distant second place to their annual kinfolk.
Soak the seeds overnight, and plant in late fall to overwinter in a cold frame , or in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Let their heads grow in the sun, but keep roots moist and cool. Pinch shoots on seedlings for stronger stems and more buds, and provide a support such as netting while they grow. Check out our complete growing guide here. One of the first of the fragrant bloomers to appear in the garden, daffodils Narcissus are an irresistible harbinger of spring.
Available in single colors and combinations of white, yellow, pink, and orange, many varieties are also highly perfumed. Floral notes range from fruity to spicy, and vary in intensity from delicate to robust. Daffodils also make a good cut flower, so plant plenty! For garden beds and containers, a mixture of early, midseason, and late bloomers will provide a delightfully long season. They tolerate a range of soil types , and prefer a location that gets full sun to part shade.
And remember to save some bulbs to force indoors , so you can delight in their heady scent over winter. Read more about growing daffodils with our detailed guide. Dianthus Dianthus , or pinks, are charming and reliable growers that may be classified as a hardy annual, biennial, or perennial. With a delicate, spicy fragrance of cinnamon and cloves, there are several varieties to choose from, including carnations and sweet Williams. Blooms come in shades of white, pink, mauve, yellow, and red with single or double flowers.
And long-stemmed varieties also make good cut flowers. Dianthus thrive in fertile, well-drained soil and will do best with six hours of sunlight each day.
Some varieties have been bred to be seed-free, while others are reliable self-seeders. Deadhead the ones that self-sow to encourage more blooms, but do allow some to reseed — or collect the seed in fall. Easy to care for, pinks are well suited as a border plant or they may be grown in containers. Hardy in Zones , dianthus will appreciate some afternoon shade in hot regions.
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Read our complete guide to growing these lovely flowers. Lily of the valley Convallaria majalis forms a spreading mass from single rhizomes, and produces springtime spires of delicate, nodding, bell-shaped blooms. Preferring moist semi-shade, the dark green foliage is the perfect backdrop to showcase the tiny white flowers and their sweet perfume. An ideal ground cover in naturalized areas, plant in the fall as the rhizomes need a period of cool dormancy.
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Hardy in Zones , this is another plant that is poisonous to children and grazing pets. Get our complete guide to growing lily of the valley. With striking colors and large, upward facing blooms, they have a deep, sensuous, and long-lasting fragrance that remains even when the petals begin to drop.
Choose a selection of early, late, and mid-season varieties for blossoms and fragrance from June through to September.
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Provide them with plenty of sunshine and organic soil that is slightly acidic, and top-dress with a heavy mulch in autumn. If deer are a problem , you may have to protect them by spraying with an organic orange oil, or cover them with a cloche or wire cage until they bloom. A carefree perennial, peonies Paeonia are beloved for their sumptuous flowerheads and sweet perfume. Native to parts of North America, Europe, and Asia, their longevity and easygoing nature makes them a favorite with gardeners — and many varieties will survive even frigid Zone 2 winters.
Blossom colors are available in white, yellow, pink, and red and they appear in late spring to early summer. Robust clumps will form in fertile, well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Give peonies a sunny exposure or part shade.
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They also enjoy a winter chill to set buds. Hardy in Zones Read more about growing peonies here. Andromeda Pieris japonica is a hardy evergreen shrub that comes to us from Japan. In early spring, it develops arching panicles of small white blossoms similar in shape, size, and fragrance to lily of the valley.
Before the flowers are finished, new growth appears in blazing shades of pink, orange, and red that turn to green by summer. Ideal as a foundation or specimen plant in garden beds, they also perform admirably in large planters. If left ungroomed, shrubs can grow to 10 feet, but its shape and size is easily maintained with a winter pruning. Andromeda prefers slightly acidic soil in a sheltered location out of the wind. Hardy in Zones , but poisonous to children and pets.
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The lilac Syringa vulgaris is well-known for its heady perfume and beautiful, exuberant blossoms of white, mauve, purple, and yellow — with the French hybrids being the most renowned for their large blossoms and sweet scent. They prefer well-drained soil with plenty of sunshine, and will produce more blooms if left unpruned, as blossoms grow on old wood. Thinking about how the plants of the forest have adapted to life in the shade will help you choose how to include them in your landscape. Plants that grow under deciduous trees receive more direct and indirect sunlight than plants growing on north facing slopes or under evergreen trees.
From the time they lose their leaves in the fall through mid to late spring when the trees leaf out, deciduous trees let light through to the forest floor. Many woodland wildflowers bloom in the spring to take advantage of this early season light. Other understory plants manage to capture enough light even in locations with no direct sunlight.
These are the plants that can tolerate the immediate north side of a building which is usually in complete shade. Farther out, the light levels can increase depending on the time of year. Adding small to medium sized deciduous trees in this zone will add dapple shade in which these woodland plants thrive and will prevent them from being scorched during the height of the summer sun. Tall bellflower Campanula Americana. Creating layers of vegetation with understory trees and large shrubs is an important element of shade planting.
These layers provide habitat for birds and pollinators, which in turn makes a much more visually interesting landscape than just planting the ground level. The nature of the woodland soil is another important component when creating a shaded habitat. Every year, the leaves of deciduous trees, shrubs and wildflowers die and return to the soil to decay and provide nutrients and insulation to the soil and its diversity of life e. You can mimic this in your shady landscape by adding plenty of organic matter in the form of compost, leaf mold, or very well aged natural hardwood bark.
If the existing soil is compacted from construction or foot traffic, it will need to be loosed with a digging fork. You are not trying to turn the soil over, just loosen the compacted soil while being careful of existing tree roots. In the fall, when the new crop of leaves falls on your beds, leave them.
The leaf litter will improve the soil and provide overwintering habitat for many beneficial creatures such as butterflies, moths, frogs, salamanders and ground nesting birds. Ground Covers vs.