Fragrant plants - Sweet memories

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Jasminum Sambac
Grand Duke

Cananga odorata
Chanel #5 Tree

Trachelospermum jasminoides (Confederate Jasmine)

Lonicera heckrottii

(White ginger lily

Jasminum polyanthum
Winter Jasmine


Ocimum kilimanscharicum
Camphor plant

Datura metel

Jasminum Tortuosum - Perfume Jasmine

Mirabilis Jalapa
Four o'click plant

Tagetes lemmonii
Lemon marigold

Brugmansia Candida
Angel Trumpet

Brunfelsia grandiflora

Gardenia augusta

Murraya paniculata
Orange Jasmine

Pandorea vine


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More than any other sense, the sense of smell has the power to recall memories of the past. Perhaps this is because the olfactory impressions are received by the brain's limbic system, one of the most ancient components that also associated with emotions. The result is that even a whiff of a certain flower or leaf can instantly transport us in time to when we first encountered the fragrance. Little wonder that fragrant plants have always ranked high among Southern favorites.
When placing fragrant plants in the garden, it seems obvious to chose spots where you are likely to notice the scent. But think also of where you spent particular times of the day. Perhaps you would like to wake up to perfume of a Gardenia growing outside your bedroom window. Sitting in the noontime shade beneath a 'Chanel#5' Tree' in bloom can be heavenly. And what better finish can there be to a day than relaxing in a porch swing and enjoying the sweet smell of nearby Four o'clock plant or Jasmine Sambac?
One caution about using fragrant plants - it's better to plan for a succession of bloom than have every fragrant plant flowering at once. Too many scented plants close together will fight each other and overpower your nose. Either space out blooming times or space out plants.
Don't overlook foliage in this olfactory equation. Many herbs, including rosemary, thyme, Camphor plant, lemon balm, and scented geraniums, have aromatic leaves that you'll notice as you lightly brush by. A favorite trick is planting mother-of-thyme (Thymus praecox arcticus) between stepping stones. Every time you tread on the tiny leaves, their aroma envelopes you.

By Alexandra Boutova:

Sometimes we may feel that different scents reminiscence of variable emotions and memorial moments. The smells get us back to romantic youth and dramatic love, to merry holidays or sad and pessimistic days of our life. And what may be more beautiful than magic flowers scents?

From ancient times to our modern strong century many species of fragrant flowers have been used in perfumery as basic oil component (jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, heliotrope, lavender, geranium, etc). Some flowers are worldwide using in medicine (aromatherapy and other medical affects), also in religious rituals. Some of the fragrant plants might be very toxic, while many of aromatic grasses are used as a culinary products.

We invite you for a walk between wonderful tropical plants - shrubs and vines, flowers and trees, and they all have own unique scent. Sweet, intoxicating, magic… all perfumes of our dreams and senses.

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