Fill a window box to overflowing with highly scented plants: Old-fashioned roses, heliotrope, night-scented stock, alyssum, scented geraniums, lilies of the valley, carnations, jasmine, and lavender are favorites. In the evening, these window boxes come into their own. The aroma of heliotrope, nicotiana, or whatever you choose, is carried on a breeze through the window screen to the kitchen, porch, upstairs bedrooms, or wherever you wish.
Here are five wonderfully fragrant ideas for scent boxes to help get you started:
For a LEMONY KITCHEN box, plant sweet basil, mints, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, and dill.
For a SCENTED NIGHTTIME window box, plant white nicotiana, white or purple heliotrope, moonflowers, sweet alyssum, and night-scented stock.
For an OLD-FASHIONED VICTORIAN scent box, plant lavender, pinks, white petunias, sweet peas, and jasmine.
For a MINT JULEP box, plant peppermint, spearmint, and pineapple mint. (Have a Bourbon rose blooming nearby for good measure!)
For a BAKERY WINDOW box, plant scented geraniums, chocolate cosmos, chocolate mint, and rosemary.
Adapted from Window Boxes, by James Cramer and Dean Johnson (Storey Publishing, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by James Cramer and Dean Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Window Boxes, by James Cramer and Dean Johnson (Storey Publishing, 1999).