Does Santolina smell bad or good?

neshanicguyMay 23, 2008

I'm considering filling a boxwood edged bed with Santolina but I just read somewhere that it smells bad - like campo phenique. Please let me know BEFORE I buy alot plants and then regret it.

The area is full sun, the soil was originally clay but has been amended alot and is starting to look better. I'd like something with a scent if possible. Lavender has been a hit / miss with me.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Maybe thyme?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 1:09AM
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To me, santolina has a slightly medicinal smell which I do not find offensive. Go to a nursery, sniff a pot of santolina and see what you think.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 3:43PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

For scented foliage you could try: sage, thyme, oregano, lavender, bee balm, mint, lemon balm, catnip, and more. It all depends what you are looking for.

It was a good suggestion to find some santolina some place and smell it for yourself. Everyone is different when it comes to scents. What works for one doesn't work for another. I was having a discussion about boxwood with co-workers the other day. One lady liked it alot and another was in the same camp I was - not liking it and thinking it smelled like cat pee. Since you seem happy with your boxwood, I'm guessing it doesn't smell that way to you so maybe what smells good to me might not be your cup of tea.


    Bookmark   May 24, 2008 at 7:36PM
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You are right. I should try to find some - even if just to satiate my curiosity. I already grow lavender, sage, thyme and oregano. I was hoping to try something different. I had always heard that bee balm was invasive. Is that the case?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2008 at 2:43PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Bee Balm, nah. I wouldn't consider it invasive at all. If it is happy, it will spread but then many perennials will spread a bit if they are very happy with a location. It is a wonderful and pretty native plant.


    Bookmark   May 25, 2008 at 10:22PM
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I love Santolina, I find the smell very soothing as well as pretty. Mine is in blossom right now and it is just gorgerous

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 5:55AM
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