When we planned the garden for our Dallas suburban yard several years ago, we wanted to incorporate as many fragrant plants and shrubs as possible.
Many of these are not common to Texas but are still suitable for zone 8.
One of those plants is the Beautybush (not to be confused with the Beautyberry). It is an old-time favorite that you don't really read a lot about nowadays or find in nurseries.
Now in their fourth year in the ground, our two Beautybushes are blooming for the first time. They were originally planted as very small one gallon plants. Today, they are still fairly sparse but reach four to five feet in height with arching branch patterns.
The photograph above is of a branch filled with Beautybush blooms. The blossoms are lightly fragrant and can be detected from a short distance away. As the shrubs get larger over time, they should project much greater fragrance in our yard.
Elsewhere in the garden, our fragrant flowering tobacco (Nicotiana) have the greatest horsepower for filling the yard with a lovely smell in the evenings. We have approximately twelve of these plants in the back yard, and I would like to plant many more. When the breeze catches their fragrance in the evening, they fill the entire backyard with their smell.
While still fairly immature, our mock oranges are also about to bloom and will be counted on to fill the yard with their citrus-blossom smells.
In the front yard, several Firewitch Dianthus are big-time producers in the morning and late afternoon, and I would love to fill every plant border with them. They are hardy and drought tolerant and among my favorites.
As the year continues, we will also be counting on the following plants and vines for fragrance in our yard and garden: magnolia stellata, dwarf fothergilla, confederate jasmine vines, passionflower vines, summersweet bushes, hosta plantaginea, elderberry bushes, butterfly bushes, purple coneflowers, lavender plants, and sweet autumn clematis, among others.
I also have loose plans to start heliotrope, mignonette, and additional flowering tobacco from seed. I would love to fill the backyard borders with them. With any luck, although the heliotrope and mignonette are not winter hardy, they may reseed.