Scented plants bring extra interest and pleasure to a garden. By careful selection, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals can provide perfume throughout the whole year.
This month hyacinths, viburnums and, especially, wallflowers, with their bright red, orange and yellow flowers, come to the fore. Their perfume can be sublime after a spring shower on a sunny evening.
Varieties are available as individual colours or mixtures and height varies between 8ins/20cm and 24ins/60cm. ‘Tom Thumb’ (height 8ins/20cm) and ‘Persian Carpet’ (height 14ins/35cm) usually come in mixtures including red, orange and yellow, whereas the ‘Bedder’ series has single colours, including scarlet and primrose.