2

I am building an aromatic garden and looking for some drought-resistant fragrant evergreen shrubs/trees to give me year-round interest.

Winter interest:

  1. Osmanthus sweet tea olive blooms in October - March.
  2. Michelia champaca blooms in January - March.
  3. Daphne odora blooms in Feb - March.

Spring interest:

  1. Camellia blooms in January - May.
  2. Cherry laurel blooms in February - April.
  3. Sarcococca ruscifolia blooms in March-April.
  4. Rhododendron/Azaleas blooms in March-May.

Summer - fall interest:

  1. Star jasmine blooms in May - June. ​
  2. Gardenias blooms in May - July.
  3. Some deciduous roses and chrysanthemums.

I am in USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F), and all plants are planted outdoor in-ground.

Can anyone help me to find some summer & fall blooming fragrant evergreen plants? Thanks!

1

Here are a few suggestions, all from this page.

1

A great perfumed bloom is white butterfly ginger, Hedychium colonarium. In zone 8 it begins blooming in July, don't know about Z-10. Typically 5 ft tall when blooming. In Z-8 it dies back in winter but is very hardy and trouble free. Scent as strong as gardenia but lasts much longer. Another hardy scented bloom favorite of mine is 4 O'clock, Many gardeners are not impressed, maybe because they are so easy to grow. Invasive in zone 8 . The individual flowers do not have strong scent but several bushes will have a hundred new blooms each afternoon and will be noticeable. Here they are a favorite of hummingbird moths ( in the evening), an interesting visitor. Zone 8 they bloom from late June to fall.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.