Suggestions please: Fragrant plants for front yard

gmanar(7 CLT-NC/ HZ 7)June 21, 2013

Hi All,

We moved into our first home this march. Now that the dust has kind of settled ... I am looking to work on the front yard. It is not too big, I have about 35' X 3' space where I am planning to put some nice flowering plants.

I love fragrant plants with some decent sized flowers - I am not a big fan of very small flowers (but If they are in bunches then it is fine). Also I am looking for something hardy for zone 7 (charlotte, NC). Also any perennials would be great. And i am planning to plant them in ground.

So all in all -
1. Fragrant flowers for the front of the house (prettier the better)
2. mid to large size flowers
3. hardy for zone 7 (charlotte NC)
4. Perennials (preferred)
5. less maintenance and non-invasive.

Any suggestions please. I am struggling to find any.

Thanks and regards

This post was edited by gmanar on Fri, Jun 21, 13 at 15:06

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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Hi G,

There aren't that many fragrant perennials for your zone however there are some.
Peonies and lilies are classics that come to mind.
I personally have always been curious about gas plant (Dictamnus fraxinella purpureus) however I know me and I'll want to move the poor things around and they have tap roots and hate having their roots disturbed. ;)

Of course if you consider shrubs then there's plenty of roses, mock oranges, lilacs and Viburnum carlesii hybrids to choose from.

Here's a link from from Fine Gardening that would be a good start.
You might also want to check some books out from the library.

Good luck!


Here is a link that might be useful: fragrant perennials

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 3:46PM
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gmanar(7 CLT-NC/ HZ 7)

Thanks so much Robert. Now I have some material to read on and look.

I think I will do some roses and some lilies .

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 3:49PM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

You're welcome!

I love the spicy clove like scent of 'Casa Blanca' lilies and lots of people on this forum like the nearly thornless climbing rose 'Zephirine Drouhin'. It's supposed to smell awesome! :)


    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 4:28PM
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