Scent in the garden is like the watermark on fine piece of
linen stationary: almost imperceptible. Yet the same piece of linen without the
faint watermark is noticeably less impressive, blah, boring. Scent is a quality that enhances the emotional experience
of the garden but is usually just below the surface of conscious observation.
Take the fragrance of the earth and the bounty of scented flowers away, though,
and our garden of pleasure becomes noticeably less memorable.
How to get started is often the hardest part of a new
gardening venture. Scented Plants by David Squire is the perfect way to
start planting for fragrance. Laid out in short chapters that cover many
aspects of scented plants, this book provides just enough information for
the beginner to truly get involved in aromatic gardening.
The first chapter explains scent and the different ways
plants perfume the air. It also provides suggestions for plants that will
provide scent throughout the seasons as well as into the evening. The
water color graphics of these seasonal gardens will spark your imagination
and you will find yourself situating these layouts amongst your own
The second chapter covers the mechanics of creating the
scented garden. How to plant, prune and care for the garden of your
fragrant dreams. There are suggestions for everything from doorways to
water gardens. Need a fragrant trellis cover or windowsill box filler? How
about filling that old wheelbarrow with an ocean of perfume? You can even
choose plants to add to your existing gardens, whether they be cottage
gardens, wild gardens or formal gardens.
The last chapter is a quickie encyclopedia with full
color photos and the particular growing requirements of more than 250
Just one caveat. We did find one reference to use of a
chemical pesticide. There are better ways to fight pests. We suggest
Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control.
All in all this is a great book for anyone interested in
putting in airs!