I need fragrance

skippy05(z7 PA)August 10, 2005

I have a beautiful white datura that had 20 flowers oepn on Sunday, no fragrance.

I have 2 small jasmine plants in the house that have no blooms currently....

I have moonflower vine, but I don't notice the fragrance

unless I stick my noise in the flower!

It is already August, what can I buy that is tough (zone 7)

& will survive indoors for the cold months??

I need some wonderful fragrance(my favorites are gardenia, jasmine, roses )

Any suggestions??

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risingpower1(Essex, UK)

Jasmine sambac maid of orleans is your best bet. Plumeria obtusa varieties are also worth a try. I currently have a figo blooming but I think that's out of season so you probably wouldn't find one with flowers.

Some fragrant hostas are currently flowering, cosmos atrosanguineus and berlandiera lyrata.

Now there are of course orchids, thousands to choose from. If you want some names


Of course none of these would survive outside during winter.


    Bookmark   August 10, 2005 at 2:41PM
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Mirabilis Jalapa or Four o'clocks would be good for next summer I started mine from seed in spring several years ago. They have a spicy jasmine like sent. The flowers start in early summer and last to frost. They will die to the ground in winter but return the next spring.They can get big I have them in the back of my beds. They reseed Quite freely, that may sound bad but unwanted plants are easily removed and seeds can be collected just as easily. Every evening around 4pm the sent fills the air!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 4:54PM
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skippy05(z7 PA)

Yes, I do have 2 small jasmine plants, I love them.
I would lova a plumeria, but I don't know if it would survive without alot of attention, it would have to come inside for most of the year.....

I do have some 4 oclocks! I love them, they smell like grape soda (that is what I thought of when I smelled them the other night!)
I guess I just don't have enough of them to fill the air...


    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 5:40PM
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risingpower1(Essex, UK)

Trust me, plumeria don't require much attention except when it's sunny, but then they just require watering like anything else.

The deciduous varieties, i.e rubra, would require to be kept dry during the winter though when they're dormant.


    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 6:08PM
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skippy05(z7 PA)

You are really talking me into this!
They are so beautiful & I have only seen pictures!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 6:12PM
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I don't know how it would do in zone 7 by my Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is just going to off right now. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 2:40PM
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siliconmage(z5 NE)

Hardy Jasmine is Jasminum officinale which is hardy to z6 sheltered or z7 for outside.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 5:17PM
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