"Scent is the most potent and bewitching substance in
the gardener's repertory and yet it is the most neglected and least
understood." This single introductory sentence sets the tone for the bombardment of the senses that awaits us within the pages of this book.
Mr. Lacey's book is
so beautiful, it might be hard to believe the emphasis is on fragrance and
not color. But, scent is the waft of anticipation overflowing within his chapters.
It is his premise that the garden should reward us with pleasure of
fragrance every day of the year. He has set about to fulfill this promise
by giving us encyclopedic information on fragrant trees, shrubs,
perennials, annuals, bulbs, roses and, of course, herbs. Specific
selections within each genus help the gardener to choose
the most fragrant of the Mock Oranges, Honeysuckles and Old Roses.
But, this is much more than just a beautifully illustrated reference
book. There is practical advice on every page. Mr. Lacey's observations
help us to choose the right scented plant for the close border, the wall
garden or the tree lined driveway. Shade, Water, Rock or Conservatory, no
garden is to be without a selection that will satisfy the hunger of our nose.
though he is an English Garden Writer, Mr. Lacey has thoughtfully included
English measurements (as well as metric) and notations of soil preference.
If you garden in very hot areas of the US, be sure and take those part
shade directions to heart.
haven't thought about the Scent in Your Garden or want to fine tune the
orchestra of fragrant sensations in your existing garden, this book will
have you making lists and tracking down those 'can't do without' fragrant