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Scent Boxes For Your Windows

Scent Boxes For Your Windows

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.

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens

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).

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1:40PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thank you

11:06AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

thank you

10:26AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012


12:41AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Thank you do much for sharing this!

4:13AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Nice idea. thanks.

6:17AM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

Thanks for the article.

8:55PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

Beautiful and wonderful idea, thanks!

1:56AM PST on Feb 6, 2010

What a wonderful idea! Thank you.

7:32PM PDT on Jun 16, 2008

Sounds wonderful....I will have that on my to do list in the future.

1:04PM PDT on Jun 12, 2008


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