plants with a nice strong odor

KristinHueyJuly 16, 2012

Hi all,

I live in Seattle and we have a problem with bad odors in our back yard. Our neighbor raises fighting dogs (!!) and hoses the "detritus" against our west fence. It STINKS.

We hope to find some strongly scented plants to plant against said fence to mask the odor.

Some specs:

The area on our side of the fence has strong morning sun until 11, and then goes into total shade. Other possible areas for planting are full sun.

We are seeking very strong, pleasantly smelling plants. Lilacs are an obvious win. Other recommendations will be much appreciated.

I send you all my humble thanks and gratitude for your wise advice.

Kristin

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plantknitter(8)

Try Mint and hope it runs under the fence and grows on their side, too.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 12:59AM
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Merilia(8 PNW)

As far as a plant that will waft a nice smell (rather than just smelling nice when you stick your nose in it) I like Japanese honeysuckle. I know some people think this is too invasive to grow, but personally I haven't had any trouble with it. It does well in the sun.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 1:12AM
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larry_gene

How many weeks during the year do you have fighting dog smell in your backyard? You may need more than one kind of plant to cover the time period. And you might end up with the equivalent of spraying scented Lysol in a Forest Service outhouse--good and bad odors combined.

If these are fighting dogs as used in dogfights, the authorities are interested in removing them.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 1:30AM
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oliveoyl3

These 4 perennials give a pleasant aroma to our gardens when in bloom. I can smell it from the driveway or across the lawn, so not just up close. In part shade taller plants need staking or can lean against a shrub. All of them I've listed reseed & spread well, so not useful next to more delicate slow growing perennials.

Valerian (6' here, white flowers early summer, reseeds)
Dame's Rocket (tall & weak stems, more so in evening, very late spring through mid summer)
Sweet Woodruff, flowers & foliage (midspring, white carpet of flowers)
fumewort, Corydalis lutea (slug resistant, blue green lacy foliage, yellow flower, reseeding)

fragrant foliage (easy to get starts from friends' gardens)
Bee Balm, Monarda (doesn't tolerate drought)
bigroot hardy geranium, G. macrorrhizum

If you brush the foliage more fragrance wafts through the air. Usually, not fragrant unless touched or up close.

You might prefer a mixed hedge of shrubs for more impact...

Here is a link that might be useful: Portland garden writer recommendations

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 11:58AM
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quillfred

Are they raising dogs for protection or for actual use in fighting. Please report these people to the police immediately if the latter. Dog fighting is both cruel and illegal. Make it anonymous if you need to.

For the record my favorite fragrant plant would probably be Daphne Odora. It gets my award, tied with Gardenia for strength of fragrance and pleasantness. I think it blooms late Winter/early Spring but I can't grow it here (partner with allergies). There is a hardier Gardenia that might be also good but I haven't tried to grow it.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 2:03PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Your best bet would be harlequin glorybower. Strong, wafting floral fragrance July to September, the time of year when the poop stench is liable to be the most bothersome. Under some conditions the tree can be smelled and enjoyed some distance away, say 100' or so.

Often in stock at a local outlet somewhere in the area in any given year, although with the significant shrinking of tree selections here in recent years maybe not so much now. But you could probably have one shipped here from forestfarm or other out of state supplier.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 4:16PM
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Artemisia abrotanum in full sun.

For the part sun spot i would get a strong scented cedar. Or the messiest pine you can find (needles drop on neighbor, mask odor at source).

Heck just go for a western juniper.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 7:51PM
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KristinHuey

Thanks for all the great help, and nice ideas, I am making a log of these right now.

As to the strange nature of the situation: yes! they are fighting dogs. he is now, and for more than ten years has been, closely followed by the authorities, who are well aware of his activities, but are not (yet) able to stop him.

as many of you know, this is not uncommon in certain parts of town.

so i very much love the ideas of plants that might go over the fence. And yes I agree, I am hoping to get a sense of when plants are most fragrant, and to choose a set that will, at least, cover dog feces odors for the summertime months.

you guys are awesome and geniuses and I appreciate all your wisdom and experience.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 6:24PM
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KristinHuey

Thanks for all the great help, and nice ideas, I am making a log of these right now.

As to the strange nature of the situation: yes! they are fighting dogs. he is now, and for more than ten years has been, closely followed by the authorities, who are well aware of his activities, but are not (yet) able to stop him.

as many of you know, this is not uncommon in certain parts of town.

so i very much love the ideas of plants that might go over the fence. And yes I agree, I am hoping to get a sense of when plants are most fragrant, and to choose a set that will, at least, cover dog feces odors for the summertime months.

you guys are awesome and geniuses and I appreciate all your wisdom and experience.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 6:27PM
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dawn8b

My Stargazer lilies are planted near my back door and are blooming right now. The scent is wonderful and since I usually have the patio door open, get to enjoy the scent inside too.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 4:33PM
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