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Deliciously fragrant plants for the garden

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Status: 07/12/2019 | 4:30 p.m. | NDR 1 Lower Saxony | archive

1 | 14 In late autumn it bears fiery red flowers: the pineapple sage. The fruity scented plant needs a lot of water in summer, doesn't like blazing sun and is very easy on pruning. It is not hardy and can overwinter in bright rooms at 5 to 15 degrees. Pineapple sage tastes great as a tea and with poultry dishes.

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2 | 14 Lemon verbena, also known as the lemon bush, gives off an intense lemon scent, and from July onwards, delicate flowers appear. Since the plant is not hardy, it is advisable to plant it in a tub and to overwinter it indoors as brightly and as cool as possible. In the optimal location, lemon verbena can reach a height of up to five meters. It is particularly popular as a tea.

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3 | 14 In spring, the initially pink, then white flowers of the Easter snowball give off an intense, sweet smell that is reminiscent of vanilla. The evergreen shrub becomes about two meters high and needs a sunny to partially shaded location.

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4 | 14 Intense fragrance and bright flowers - lavender is a popular plant in containers and beds. What is less well known is that lavender can be used as a spice, it goes well with desserts and hearty dishes. We recommend the variety "Lavandula Hidcote Blue". If you want to eat lavender, you should only use organically grown plants.

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5 | 14 So-called scented geraniums - botanically speaking, they are pelargoniums - are available with different intense scents. Rose scented geraniums (Pelargonium capitatum) such as the "Attar of Roses" variety come closest to the smell of real roses. Pelargoniums are not hardy and can overwinter bright and cool inside.

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6 | 14 Indian nettle, also known as gold balm (Monarda didyma), is a hardy perennial with an intense, spicy, lemony scent. The soil should be well drained and the location sunny. It blooms from June to September. The flowers of the Indian nettle are sometimes used to flavor tea and fruit salads.

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7 | 14 Rock Quendel, also known as small-flowered mountain mint (Calamintha nepetoides), has an extremely aromatic scent. Plants of the "Blue Cloud" variety bloom from late summer to November. The flowers are reminiscent of thyme and provide food for bees. The "Hadrian" variety is popular as Hadrian's mint in Italian cuisine. It gives meat and vegetable dishes a delicate, piquant note.

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8 | 14 The chocolate cosmos exudes - as the name suggests - an intense scent of dark chocolate. The warmer it gets, the more intense the smell. It needs a sunny location and flowers from summer to autumn. The plant is not hardy, the tubers can be dug up to overwinter, as with the dahlia in autumn.

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9 | 14 angel trumpets originally come from South America and are sensitive to frost, so they should be planted in pots. The flowers have an intense smell, especially in the evening, but all parts of the plant are highly poisonous.

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10 | 14 The name already suggests: Even the evening primrose does not open its yellow, fragrant flowers until the evening. It blooms from June to September, likes sunny locations and is biennial. It does well in farm and natural gardens.

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11 | 14 The miracle flower (Mirabilis) can grow up to two meters high and forms pretty, funnel-shaped, fragrant flowers from June to October. They open in the late afternoon and attract moths to pollinate. Wonder flowers are not hardy, but you can dig up the roots and overwinter like dahlias.

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12 | 14 On the other hand, scented violets, also known as March violets or fragrant violets, are easy to care for and hardy. They are suitable for tubs, beds or as ground cover for partially shaded locations and bloom in spring. The flowers give off an intense scent and are a food source for insects.

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13 | 14 Farmer's jasmine (Philadelphus coronarius) grows up to three meters high and has strongly fragrant flowers that appear in May and June. Farmer's jasmine is suitable both as a hedge and as a solitary plant. The location should be sunny to partially shaded.

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14 | 14 Curry herb loves dry and sunny locations. This is why the evergreen subshrub is particularly suitable for rock gardens and pots. Pretty little flowers form in summer. The plant is partially hardy and should best overwinter protected from frost. Curry herb goes well with rice, pasta and vegetable dishes.

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Fragrant and aromatic plants for the garden

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