In my home garden (different from my farm garden,) we have stone steps leading up to our front door. When my husband planned these around 12 years ago, I talked him into making planters for me. I have planted lots of perennials in them, and every year I also put in some annuals. The biggest criteria for choosing plants comes down to fragrance.
When I come home, my hand automatically reaches out to touch all the plants
I know this isn't much to look at, but if you rub a leaf between your fingers, it smells just like pineapple. In late summer, beautiful red flowers appear.
|dianthus - also called pinks|
Dianthus is a tender perennial. Sometimes is survives the winter, sometimes not. I've had them last up to 5 years. They smell like carnations.
|sweet alyssum - an annual|
|lavender in flower|
|sweet woodruff - incredible smell, very sweet.|
|lemon balm - smells like lemon when you rub a leaf. A little aggressive, but easy to pull out. Also flowers later.|
Because so many of the plants are green, I add other plants for color, these usually have little or no scent.
|sedum - succulent plant that needs very little water|
A native. Will have pretty yellow flowers later in the summer. Always wear gloves, this plant has tiny spines that HURT! Also happy in a drought.
|Knock out rose bush.|
Ugly right now. I dead headed all the blooms, more will follow. Nice scent, but not really strong. Since I hate using chemicals, I let the bugs alone. But you can see, more leaves and flowers are coming.
On my deck, I have a couple of planters. This year for the first time, I planted Jasmine. Smells great. I am not always on top of watering containers. Hope it isn't too needy. This is a southern plant, I will assume it is an annual. Also, mountain mint is new to me this year. Very tall, leaves smell great when rubbed. Every year I put in lots of herbs for cooking or just because they are pretty and smell good.
|oregano - smells like pizza :)|
This year it is a marigold. Portulaca is another favorite and every once in a while I find yellow petunias.