Summer bulbs for a scented garden

For a true gardening experience, just seeing the flowers is not enough. You should also be able to feel. A garden that stimulates our eyes and our nose is always a joy.

After all, a beautiful view and a delicious scent make us feel good everywhere. So if you want to maximize your experience in your garden, plant some summer bulbs. Planting them in the spring will mean immersing yourself in the sweet scents of summer flowers.


How do flowers produce their scents?

Plants use light and heat to produce not only nutrients, but also aromatics: scent substances. These are stored in special cells. When these "scent cells" open, their aromatic substance is released. Solid or liquid substances then turn into gas. And as these aromatic substances evaporate in the air, we can smell them.


All summer bulbs produce fragrant blooms, but four of them really stand out. It is gladioli abyssinians, daylilies, freesias and Lily oriental. Although they have nothing in common when it comes to their appearance, each of them has their own unique scent. Abyssinian gladioli have a sweet smell, daylilies smell almost fresh, the freesias have a peppery to deliciously sweet scent and oriental lilies have a delicate and sensual scent.

An exceptional case

All four summer bulbs should be planted in the spring, when there is no risk of frost.

In general, summer bulbs will not survive winter in soil if it freezes heavily in your area. The daylilies, however, are the exception to this rule. Once planted, they will naturalize slowly but surely.

This means that they will produce their fragrant flowers every year - and even many more after a few years.

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