Fragrant Spring Woodies
More fragrant woody species to perfume your yard and garden:
boxwood, common (Buxus sempervirens)
boxwood, littleleaf (Buxus microphylla)
chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
glossy abelia (Abelia X grandiflora )
honeycups (Zenobia pulverulenta)
Japanese adromeda (Pieris japonica)
lilac (Syringa vulgaris )
magnolia, Yulan (Magnolia heptapeta)
magnolia, Japanese (Magnolia x soulangeana)
magnolia, Ashe (Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei)
sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia)
tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)
witch alder (Fothergilla major)
Woodies for Warmer Climates
These fragrant wood grow in warmer climates (USDA Zone 7+ ):
anise, Florida (Illicium floridanum)
anise, yellow (Illicium parviflorum )
banana shrub (Michelia figo)
crepe-jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata)
fetterbush (Lyonia lucida)
Mexican orange (Choisya ternata)
oleander (Choisya ternata)
rose, Cherokee (Rosa laevigata)
rose, Lady Banks (Rosa banksiae)
Japanese mock orange (Pittosporum tobira)
sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum)
The lovely little violet is beloved as a garden plant by some and reviled as an invasive pest by others. Violet flowers come in pink and white but shades of blue and violet-blue are the most common.
I love blue flowers and plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) has some of the bluest. Look for selections with flower color ranging from light baby blue to dark violet-blue.
The small periwinkle (Vinca minor) is blooming now. The blue flowers make a beautiful backdrop for daffodils.
Big periwinkle (Vinca major) is blooming in warmer zones. The variegated form of this perennial vine is often planted in pots and other containers where it will grow over the edge to create cascades of colorful foliage and flowers.
This lovely little North American native grows in open woodlands, fields and roadsides. Look for it beautiful blue blossoms at this time of year.
The grape hyacinth is a spring-spring flowering bulb with flower color varying from white to blue to purple. They are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring but here in the Ohio Valley to harsh winter caused them to bloom late - the ones in my neighborhood just appeared this week!
Daffodils Mean Spring Is Here!.
A Tulip History
The pygmy fringetree (Chionanthus pygmaeus) is a smaller version of the American fringtree (Chionanthus virginicus). The pygmy fringtree is on the Federal and State Endangered Species lists due to its localized and declining distribution in Ancient Scrub on Florida's Lake Wales Ridge. This one in Steve's yard has responded to a severe pruning two years ago. The pruning eliminated most above ground parts of the shrub, simulating a fire, which is a natural occurrence in the Florida scrub. The pygmy fringetree is just one of several species of scrub plants that are adapted to periodic fires. Click to download a large version (800x600) of this beautiful American native.