Vines and shrubs offer some fine fragrances, notably honeysuckles, certain clematis, Akebia quinata (with a spicy cinnamon-like pungence), lilacs and mock-orange. There is also the indescribably sweet-scented foliage of the almost-forgotten sweetbriar rose.
Aromatic leaves to crush with the fingers are a delight to all children. The scented mints in particular-peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, pennyroyal and others-are extremely easy to grow, and so prolific that leaves may be snatched off at will.
Then there are the spicily scented geraniums. Besides the well-loved rose geranium there are many others whose foliage smells surprisingly like apples, nutmeg, ginger, almonds, lemon, and so on.
Many herbs have piquantly scented leaves, too. Thyme, rosemary, sweet marjoram and sweet basil qualify in this category. So do lemon verbena, bergamot and lavender.
Night-scented flowers have an allure all their own. Some of the flowers that do not release their perfume until evening, or are most richly scented around or after dusk, are: moon-flowers, evening stock, night-blooming jasmine, bouncing Bet, sweet rocket, evening campion, Akebia quinata, Gladiolus tristis, and, of course, petunias and nicotiana.
FRAGRANCE ALL WINTER LONG
Children who have chosen to specialize in fragrance need not part with it all at summer's close. The small feminine gardener in particular will find there are many ways to capture and hold her favorite scents for winter enjoyment.
Potpourri, or the old-fashioned "rose jar," is one of these ways. Any little girl could make one. Perhaps she will have to
gather the basic ingredient-rose petals-from your bushes. But in her very own garden she can grow many of the accessory materials. All the scented leaves are good in potpourri. So are a few flowers, such as clove pinks and tuberoses.
There are dozens of formulas for making potpourri, some rather complicated. But the very simple ones are delightful, and any child could handle them with a little help. Rose petals are the basic ingredient in all of them.
Petals should be gathered in the morning before the sun is hot, from the most fragrant roses you have. They are spread out thinly to dry in an airy place, out of the sun. When dry they are sprinkled with a little salt and put away in a covered jar, to await the accumulation of more dried petals until a sufficient quantity has been amassed.
Subtlety is gained by adding a small proportion of dried petals of other highly perfumed flowers. Sometimes dried leaves of desirably scented plants are also used. Then, purely for visual pleasure, a few dried petals of larkspur, delphinium or marigolds are often added.