Categorizing Fragrance

bmunsayac(5)July 31, 2009

I posted this in Fragrant Forum but thought Id resource my fellow Wisconsinites...

Please categorize the following fragrances:

Star Jasmine

Miss Kim Lilac

Mock Orange

Fragrant Phlox

Fragrant Hosta


Fragrant Milkweed

I am trying to find some fragrant plants for my garden, however I am pretty picky about the actual fragrance. But just so I can correctly ask what types of fragreance I'm looking for I could use some help in categorizing some of the fragrances for comparison.

I am a huge sucker for the sweet scent of Mock Orange and Star Jasmine or Sambac. Lilac also but I don't find it as sweet as Jasmine or Mock Orange but moreso a sweet/spicy?

I tend to favor the sweet smells that waft in the air and can be smelled from distance. I don't know that I like the smell of roses and would lump Roses and Fragrant Phlox into the same category, unless theres a sweet Rose out there that I haven't encountered yet.

Can anyone reccommend sweet fragrances like Jasmine or Mock Orange? These scents are abbolutely irresistable to me! I am in zone 5a Madison and would like as many reccomendations as possible for both outdoors and indoors.


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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Daphne 'Carol Mackie' had a wonderful yard fiiling scent for me. The plant lasted about 7 years and then just died for no apparent reason (which they tend to do). Nicotiana sylvestris (straight species) has an Easter lily scent in the evening that carries well also.


    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 4:21PM
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pondwelr(z5 WI)

Milkweed smells like vanilla to me.
Lilac and sweet william and pinks have a clove/spicey scent. Pondy

    Bookmark   August 1, 2009 at 8:07AM
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I think I'm looking for plant tha have a strong sweet scent that will waft in the air. Lilac is great, I also just recently discovered Summersweet and the fragrance is quite strong. Does anyone have any experience growing this in the Madison area? Any other reccomendation for strong smelling plants? I have currently a Star Jasmine and a baby Mock Orange. Summersweet is on the way...

I am very very tempted to find some Japanese Honeysuckle for container growing but I fear that it would be frowned upon since I've read how invasive it is. On the other hand I read other posts in which people have been able to control it with constant attention, would it work in a container?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 5:49PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Since one method of spreading for Japanese Honeysuckle is by critters dispersing the seed you'd have make sure no seeds formed.

As for Summersweet, part shade and somewhat acidic soil seems to be what finally has mine coming around (outside Milwaukee).


    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 1:37PM
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