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Gardening: Romance in the air


Valentine’s Day is here again, and usually is associated with red roses, but how about creating a garden with beautiful scented red and white flowers that will keep the romance alive long after the red roses have faded.

Plant as near to the house so you can relax and enjoy the delicious, sensuous scent of perfumed plants. You can even create a romantic perfumed area around a bench in the garden, or along a pathway where they will release their fragrance when brushed against. Aromatic herbs in containers on your patio will also add amazing scents when the leaves are gently rubbed.

To provide your indigenous scented red and white colour scheme look for:

  • Salvia ‘hot lips’ – a plant with a pretty red and white scented flower Penstemon. Available with
    red or white flowers
  • Gaura (angel wings) – small white flowers
  • Perennial phlox (phlox paniculata) – red or white flowers
  • Red hot poker – a tall red flower
  • Nicotiana – heavily scented in red or white
  • Helichrysum – lovely white flowers and soft, scented leaves
  • Agapanthus orientalis – with a stunning white flower head
  • Schizostylis coccinea ‘major’ – pretty red flowers

Shrubs can include:

  • Gardenia (gardenia thunderbergia) – a beautifully scented white flower
  • Buddleja (buddleja salvifolia) – gorgeous white flower and scented

For height choose one, or all, of these:

  • Jasmine multipartitum – both white and deliciously scented
  • Clematis (clematis braetata) – a stunning climber with masses of sweet scented white flowers
  • Asparagus (asparagus falcatus) – bearing lovely scented white blooms

Not only will these indigenous plants provide an amazing colour palette and beautiful fragrances, they will also attract wildlife, butterflies and bees especially. A romantic garden to bring pleasure for many months.

Lastly, some red and white ribbons around containers on the patio, candles on tables to provide soft lighting, add some wine and the scene is set for a romantic Valentine’s celebration!

With courtesy from Village Gardens | Tracey: 071 686 0472   |   www.villagegardens.co.za


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