10 flowers with a strong aroma that smells great

What a great flower! What striking are the plants when they are blooming in gardens, flower beds, courtyards, and balconies! Really an inspiration, all the flowers generously offer such a beautiful sight in our eyes! So special shapes and so many color combinations, a feast of nature! There are  flowers that; give us an even bigger gift that delights our senses, makes us dream, travel with our imagination and fall in love!

The enchanting aroma of flowers! Sometimes gentle, sometimes more intense, heavy, sometimes sweeter! So different flowers with so many different fragrances to smell! Other flowers leave their fragrance more intense at night, others are more intense at lunchtime. Why is all this done? Have you wondered why flowers are fragrant and what does it serve? Did it happen? Of course not! Each flower has its own unique smell that plays an important role in plant life! In most cases, the fragrance of flowers serves to attract insects such as bees. This serves to pollination and fertilization of the flower and consequently to the perpetuation of the plant. In some other cases, the flowers have a strong aroma to repel dangerous insects that may infect them.

Regardless of why nature created the fragrance of flowers, we are really so lucky! What to do? We have all linked our beloved memories with the fragrance of flowers, gardens, and balconies of our beloved people. And of course not to forget and those who want to capture the fragrance of flowers, the cosmetics industry offers us the most appealing combinations of perfumes from extracts and essential oils of flowers. We, of course, in our article, we will prefer the authentic fragrances of the flowers that bloom in the natural environment! That’s why we recommend ten popular plants that have a particularly attractive fragrance to plant them in the garden or pot on your balcony.

Freesia

Let’s get started from the drills! What a special fragrance the flowers of these impressive autumn bulbous plants have. And what striking colors! red, purple, pink, yellow, fuchsia and white. Whether it is planted in a flower pot on the balcony or in a flower bed in the garden, the freesia gives us flowering with a great scent. Let’s also reveal a secret. The most intense scent is the one-sided freesia, especially the white and the yellow. So we select a sunny spot and plan the frieze bulbs at a depth of 5 centimeters in the soil with the bulb “upright” upwards and at a distance of 10 cm between the bulbs. They will compensate us in 2.5-3 months with their fragrant flowering.

Evening Star

The Queen of the Night, the Kestrel or the Nightmare, as you say, the ornamental shrub with the glossy leaves and the small creamy flowers flood the gardens and the courtyards with the sweet, intoxicating scent just after;dark. We choose a sunny place for the nightgown to give her rich and prolonged flowering, protected from the loud summer sun, especially if we planted it in a pot. Evening night, except fragrant, is also sensitive! It thrives in areas with mild winter and is also very disturbed in areas near the sea.

Rosewood

What scent and rosewood! I will never forget the aroma of the centennial rose-rose in the garden of my grandmother. Of course, and now there are many new varieties with a distinct and strong aroma. Dwarf varieties of rose, shrubs, climbing in different colors and flower shapes. With a bit of searching, we can find several of them to plant and decorate in the garden or on our balcony! And if we meet an aromatic rose in a friendly, neighboring or unknown garden, we do not hesitate to ask for a twig. The proliferation of rosewood with a spring is quite easy especially if we use rooting hormone.

Carnation

Red carnation, milled and very aromatic at the same time! And the carnation is one of the most aromatic perennial flowers we encounter in pots on balconies, yards, and gardens and we enjoy them very much. They do not flavor all varieties, but it is worth looking for them. Typically, dwarf varieties or crawling varieties of cloves are more fragrant but this is not absolute. In any case, the cranberry is characterized by a rich and prolonged flowering from April to November while its flowers are kept in a jar for a long time. And let’s not forget that the well needs good drainage as it is sensitive to excessive moisture and watering and can root its roots.

Plumeria

What to say about plummer, the well-known Indian cucumber, with the wonderful white-yellow aromatic flowers. What a pity we do not find everywhere in our country, but especially in southern regions such as Rhodes, Kos, and Crete. Plummer thrives in tropical and subtropical places as he loves the heat and intense humidity in the atmosphere. And let’s not forget that in order to enjoy its rich and fragrant flowering plummer wants direct sunlight for much of the day. Like all the beautiful things, it has its limitations as it does not withstand the low temperatures and can be destroyed under intense frost.

Arab jasmine

And another special aromatic flower for the summer nights! Fruit or Arab jasmine, the popular climbing ornamental plant that impresses with its large, aromatic white flowers that appear from early spring to autumn. Note that the classic single-flower peach is much more fragrant than the double pearl or grapefruit, which of course has a larger flower. Besides, the intense aromas are found in small bottles! Also, let’s say that the peanut needs enough sun exposure to give us richer flowering and bigger flowers, and we also have to protect it from low temperatures and intense frost during the winter.

Lavender

At last, let’s say about some fragrant plant that honors its name and has a flower with a very strong aroma! Lavender with characteristic grayish-green leaves is distinguished for the fragrant purple flowers that moan in our gardens and balconies. And let’s not forget that from the lavender flowers comes out an excellent essential oil, ideal to calm, relax and fight insomnia. The lavender flowers can be cut to put them in wardrobes and drawers to protect our clothes from the moth, but also to flavor them at the same time. And if we put the aromatic flowers of lavender under our pillow, we will make the most sweet sleep and we will see the most beautiful dreams! What else to ask for!

Honeysuckle

It has come from the Far East, but with its intense and sweet aroma it has won all Greek hearts. It is the honeysuckle, the climbing plant with its rich bloom that lasts from the middle of spring until the end of the summer. The peculiar and appealing aroma of the colorful flowers of the holy tree makes it very popular in the courtyards and balconies of the Greek houses. It is also used in edgings, pergolas, fences, and even for rooftops. The honeysuckle is very resistant to low temperatures, snow, frost, and enough resilience to all types of soils.

Hyacinth

I say it, some people prefer the archaic hyacinth! In any case, everyone will be delighted with the sweet, intimate aroma of his flower! And of colors, whatever we ask! Swirls in a color palette of rosé, blue, orange, yellow, red to white. And especially the diadem, a variety of white white juvenile cultivated in the Ionian Islands and Aegean islands, stands out for its intense aroma. Let’s plant his flower bulbs in pots on the balcony or garden flowerbeds in the autumn to enjoy its aromatic flowering 2-2.5 months after planting the bulb. And if we do not have a garden and do not want pots, no problem. Even in the living room, the hyacinth can blossom in the water in a special jar with a narrow mouth! It is enough to place the hyacinth bulb on the top, to develop its root system in the water and gradually to blossom in the interior of our house.

Partridge

My Lady, a scent! Perhaps this is why the virgin is referred to as the lily of the Virgin Mary! An impressive bulbous flower, a kind of Lilium, the virginity has large white or white-yellow flowers that have a special sweet aroma. We can plant the lily of the Virgin Mary in a flower pot on the balcony and flower beds in the garden to cut its flowers and keep them in a jar. This way we will flavor our living room in the most beautiful way. And as for planting tips, the lily of the Virgin Mary generally prefers sunlit places, protected from wind drafts.

Narcissus, a beautiful flower garden and flower pot

Narcissus is an impressive bulbous flower planted in the autumn and blooms in the late winter or spring. Originating from the Mediterranean, the narcissus has a rich flowering with beautiful trumpet shaped flowers;that pop up on thin stems through the oblong leaves. We find it in a wide variety of colors, white, yellowish, yellow-orange, reddish and rose. Narcissus is planted in rock gardens, flower beds in the garden, and even as an indoor plant, while its flowers are a very popular selection of flowers in the winter period

What are the most known species;and varieties of narcissus?

Narcissus has many different species and varieties. In Greece, there are several species, but the best known is the candy or tsambaki which in the region of Crete is called mounouzaki. It reaches a height of 30-40 cm, forming a group of about 10 white flowers with a yellow center. A well-known species of Narcissus is the poetic narcissus, about 40 centimeters high, forming a single white flower with a reddish center, and the late narcissus with a height of about 20 centimeters and small white flowers. Very popular species from abroad are the aromatic narcissus that bears yellow flowers and the multifaceted narcissus with many small white flowers.

Which conditions are suitable for planting narcissus?

Narcissus grows very easily in almost all soil types but prefers well-drained soils. It wants a sunny or semi-shady environment to thrive while in the shade it does not blossom. The sunny places have the advantage of halves as after the flowering, sunshine is the next year’s bloom. The planting of narcissus is done from August to December and bloom occurs in winter or in spring depending on the variety and the season of planting. The narcissus bulb is planted at a depth of about 10 cm and at distances of about 10-15 cm between the bulbs. If planting the potted narcissus, using humus general purpose while also to ensure good drainage opening holes at the bottom of the pot has to water and adding a gravel layer in the base.

What is the narcissus need for watering, fertilizing and other care?

Narcissus-like most bulbous plants have moderate water needs, while excessive watering can cause the bulb to drain. Analogous phenomena occur in very wet soils with poor drainage. On the ground, before planting the narcissus bulbs, it is advisable to add compost and a little fertilizer. We re-fertilize immediately after the end of flowering to enhance the plant with nutrients for next year’s flowering. Finally, once the daffodil flowers begin to flow, it is advisable to keep the plants away from direct sunlight in a cool spot. In this way, we significantly extend the flowering period of narcissus.

How do we store the narcissus bulbs?

If we want to admire the beautiful daffodils and the next year, we take care to remove the bulbs from the ground and store them. The right time to remove the daffodils is after the flowers and leaves have dried out, about 1.5-2 months after its bloom. We clean the bulbs from the soil, allow them to dry in a shady, ventilated place and then store them in cartons or sachets in a dark, dry place.

And a secret to the narcissus

Narcissus can be an impressive and attractive flower, but it hides toxic substances in almost all parts of the plant from the bulb to the flower. For this reason, it is considered a dangerous plant for cats and dogs and it is advisable to avoid it in places where there are pets.

10 flowers blooming in autumn

And in autumn what do we do? Will my garden be blooming? What flowers do we plant at this time? We are not worried at all, as there are many ornamental plants that give us wonderful flowering in the autumn so that our garden and balcony have nothing to envy from spring and summer.

Astrak

The astras are not only found in the sky during autumn. There is also in the garden! Star or Astrak is an annual flowering flower;with impressive flowers that resemble those of the chrysanthemum. And of color: red, pink, purple, blue and white. The star blooms in the late summer until the middle of autumn. If we plant taller varieties, we can cut flowers and decorate them by following our tips for preserving flowers in a vase. 

Hibiscus

Keep her flowers for 1-2 days and let them fall afterward. I do not mind at all! Hibiscus, the beloved evergreen shrub with large flowers, white, purple, red, orange and pink, flowers in summer and autumn. Ideal for individual plantings in the garden, but also for flower pots or flowerpots on the balcony. 

Alyssum

From high to low! The chain is a low-growth annual flowering flower that has rich and prolonged flowering, from early spring to late autumn, with many small characteristic whites, pink or purple flowers. The chain is planted in shallow pots and gardens, but also in the garden, in rock gardens, for soil cover or for low flowering edging.

Goat

Let’s have our autumn garden and some exotic color. Shrimp, a perennial evergreen flower from the Mexican tropical regions, we will not be bored to see it flowering, although its rich flowering lasts from May to December. It stands out for its striking bracky leaves in shades of yellow, red and tile that resemble hanging shrimps and surrounds its white tufted flowers. 

Lady

If we want something tough with a long flowering period in the autumn, for flower beds, streets, squares and parks we choose a lantana bite! Lantana is an evergreen ornamental shrub with characteristic small flowers that appear from early May to mid-November. As for colors, do not worry! There is the “classic” in red and orange, but other rich colors with white, yellow and rosé.

Chrysanthemum

Do we not mention the chrysanthemum? A favorite flower that blooms in the autumn and adorns our yards and balconies. The chrysanthemum features characteristic daisy-like flowers and is known as the holy or holy name. Originally from; China, the chrysanthemum has innumerable varieties in various colors and flower shapes to plant in the garden, but also in flower pots and flowerpots.

Verve

If we are asking for a blossoming plant in the autumn, there is a verve for ground cover or hanging baskets. Perennial herbaceous plant with small flowers in white, red, yellow, purple, blue and pink, verve has rich flowering with long duration from the beginning of spring to the end of autumn. A fairly frequent choice of amateur and professional gardeners, verve is planted in pots and flowerpots, but also in hanging baskets because of its creamy growth.

Cyclamen

As the poet says: “Cyclamen, Cyclamen in the rock of the slit.” In nature we also find many wild native species of cyclamen. Nowadays, however, there are innumerable cultivated varieties and cyclamen hybrids to plant in pots and gardens, in balconies and yards, gardens and parks. Cyclamen will give us its rich flowering with flowers that appear from the middle of autumn until the end of spring. And of colors, great variety! Pink, purple, red and white, as well as cyclamen with two-color flowers.

Oleander

What are we looking for now? A plant that is blooming in the autumn and can be planted in seaside places? Easy! Olive groves, the evergreen ornamental shrub with large, impressive flowers, in shades of red, pink, purple, violet, salmon and white. A typical example of the Mediterranean flora, the oleander reaches a height of four meters and offers rich and prolonged flowering from the late spring to mid-autumn. 

Marigold

And who will close the dozen autumn flowers? About the field, the annual ornamental plant with its characteristic flowers and flowering that starts from spring and lasts until the beginning of winter. Originally from Mexico, the spring is planted in flower beds and pots for its beautiful yellow, orange and tile flowers. Of course, it is also used in the vegetable garden for its insecticidal properties.

And a secret about autumn flowers

At the beginning of autumn, we add water-soluble flowering fertilizer to flowering flowers in the autumn to ensure rich and prolonged flowering. We repeat the lubrication application every 2-3 weeks in the autumn.

Rhododendron, flower from the Himalayas

The rhododendron is a wonderful evergreen ornamental shrub with dense foliage and impressive flowers that vary in color (red, pink, blue, purple, white) and in size. An exotic flower that loves dew, the rhododendron fills  with flowers; in the winter and preserves them until February. As for the different kinds of rhododendron, you really miss it! From low shrubs to tall trees. Do not forget to mention that the rhododendron belongs to the same family as the azalea. If you have such relatives, the rest is left over!

Under what conditions are the Rhododendron planted and thrived?

Rhododendron is a fairly demanding plant, prefers acidic soil, rich in organic matter with good drainage. If planted in a pot, make sure to procure a special mold for acidophilus plants. We place the rhododendron in a shady or semi-shaded area, as direct exposure to the sun may cause problems. The rhododendron, although quite resistant to low temperatures, must be protected from cold and dry winds.

What needs to watering and lubrication has the rhododendron?

The rhododendron has a superficial root system, loves moisture and requires frequent watering, provided there is good drainage on the ground. Fertilization in the rhododendron is necessary to maintain the low pH of the soil. After the end of the flowering of the rhododendron, we fertilize once a month with a complete fertilizer specific for acidophilous plants.

How is it pruned and how does the rhododendron grow?

The rhododendron has no particular need for pruning and is pruned slightly after the end of its flowering, giving it the shape we want. The proliferation of the rhododendron is mainly done with parietals and semi- cuttings are taken during the summer. It can also be seeded, but it is not preferred as it grows at a slower pace.

And a secret to the rhododendron

The rhododendron can ideally be planted beneath or beside conifers, where the pH of the soil is quite low and many ornamental plants do not thrive.

Alexandrinos, the Christmas Flower

When it comes to Christmas, the Alexandrite, the impressive flower with the characteristic red leaves has its honor. Also known as poinsettia or “star of Bethlehem,” Alexandris symbolizes the holiday season of Christmas and every December we find it in most homes. Originally from Mexico, poinsettia owes its name to an American ambassador who, two centuries ago, took the flower in its own country and gradually spread throughout the world. Let’s look at the most important tips to take care of the Alexandrinos to keep it bright and beautiful on the holidays, as well as to keep it up until Christmas.

Where do we put Alexandrinus in the house?

We place the Alexandrinos in the  living room; or in another bright interior of our home, to the point where it does not directly accept the sun’s rays that can cause burns and fade its leaves. We avoid very shady places because the leaves of the Alexandrinos will lose their intense red coloration. Alexandrinos must be away from currents and frost, away from frozen glass, and away from radiators to avoid twisting of the Alexandrite leaves and extensive defoliation.

When do we transplant Alexandros into a new pot or soil?

During the spring season, we can transplant Alexandros into a larger flower pot or to the soil of our garden. Especially, if planted in southern areas with mild winter, the Alexandrine can be left out of the year without the need for special protection and can reach a height of three meters. To transplant the Alexandrinos into a pot, we use a light soil that ensures good drainage and put a layer of pebbles or gravel on the pot base.

What needs to watering and lubrication has Alexandrinos?

Regarding the needs of Alexandrinos in water, during the festive season, we usually water every 4-5 days after the soil dries in the pot. During spring and autumn, we water Alexandrine 2 times a week and during summer every 2 days. Alexandrinos does not need fertilizer during the winter season. For the Alexandrinos we have in a pot, we add a special liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, once a month from March to October, to maintain its growth. If the Alexandrinos have been planted in the garden, we add granular fertilizer in early spring and early autumn

How do we prune the Alexandrinos and multiply it?

After the festivities, when the red leaves of the Alexandrinos begin to fall, we prune slightly the tops of the plant to develop new vegetation. In order to create denser and compact foliage in Alexandrinos, we make the second clip in May. If we want to create new Alexandrinos plants, during the spring we cut cuttings 15 cm long from;the top of the plant and plan them in pots. To increase the success rate of grafting, it is advisable to use rooting hormone.

And a secret about Alexandrinos

In order to get the reddish-colored leaves again, we will need to keep it for several hours in the dark in the autumn. Specifically, Alexandrin as a small photoperiod plant needs little exposure to the sun, so we cover it daily for 12-14 hours with a dark fabric in October and November. In this way, the leaves of the Alexandrinos will gain the desired purple color in the Christmas holidays and we will be able to decorate it again in our living room.