More Information About Fragrant Foliage Plants
Perennials with fragrant foliage are perfect for growing along paths and stairs so that as you explore the garden you brush by them and release the scent. Some of our fragrant foliage plants are also good for cooking (Rosmarinus) or making tea (Nepeta). The very scents that we love to smell on fragrant foliage plants tend to repel deer and other nibbling critters from the garden...bonus! Fragrant foliage plants tend to fall into categories like minty (Nepeta, Calamintha, Clinodina, Pycnanthemum, Pycnothymus), savory (Allium, Rosmarinus, Ipheion, Nothoscordum, Origanum), perfumey (Lavandula), or sweet (Acorus, Illicium, Agastache). A few fragrant foliage plants have odors that some people consider to be unpleasant while other people consider them inoffensive (Caryopteris, Lantana, Helleborus) and are best smelled before you buy them.