Fragrant Feature Plants: Garden Plants of the Month for May

Party time! Five spring bloomers that are not only lovely to look at but also offer a sensory experience thanks to the delectable fragrances that they spread.

The garden as a fragrance kaleidoscope
You’re wandering through your garden or sitting on your patio and a breeze suddenly wraps you in a delectable scent. Pure nature, delivered by broom, lilac, Lantana, garden rose and Mexican orange blossom. Those are the garden plants for May, and offer both fabulous flowers and outdoor aromatherapy. They also provide a delectable buffet that attracts bumblebees, honeybees and butterflies, so that the Fragrant Feature Plants also liven things up in that way and contribute to a healthy biotope in their surroundings.

Scents & colours

Broom is mainly offered in yellow, orange, red and white, both as a bush and as a standard. The fragrance is light and sweet and slightly reminiscent of honey.

Lilac is available from XL to XS in white, lilac, pink and purple. Lilac has a clean and fresh scent.

often changes colour during flowering. The flowers are like giant gobstoppers in pink, yellow, yellow, orange or lilac and white. The scent is spicy and warm.

Rose is offered as a bush, groundcover, climbing rose, trained on a frame or as a standard in almost all colours. Anyone looking for a delicate sweet rose fragrance should check the cultivar: not every rose is scented.

Mexican orange blossom is a shrub with white flowers that stand out against the bright green leaves like stars. The leaves have a citrus fragrance, while the flowers have a sweet jasmine-like scent.

Scents of the world
The Fragrant Feature Plants each spread their delectable fragrance in a different part of the world. The Mexican orange blossom’s home is clear from its name. Lantana grows in tropical South America, whilst lilac originates from south-east Europe. And the rose has spread from Asia.

“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Care tips
• The Fragrant Feature Plants like a sunny position in nutritious well-draining soil.
• All these shrubs need regular watering in order to be able to grow, bloom and share their fragrance. Preferably do not allow the soil to dry out.
• Plant food once a week will keep them blooming on and on.
• Remove wilted flowers to encourage the plant to produce more new buds.
• Lilac and broom are pruned in June after flowering, the other three after the winter in March or April.
• The only Fragrant Feature Plant which is not hardy is Lantana, which prefers to overwinter in frost-free conditions and can go outside again in April.

How to get the most out of them
The beautiful scents of the Fragrant Feature Plants are best released by a bit of heat, so place them in the sun. Because the fragrances are subtle, it helps to place them a bit higher. You will get more from them in pots and on side tables and racks on your patio than if they are planted down in the soil. In order to add to the sensory delight, select pots with raised patterns and add a cheerful wind chime. It’s going to be a great month!

Garden Plant of the Month
Fragrant Feature Plants are the Garden Plants for May 2019. The ‘Garden Plant of the Month’ is an initiative from the Flower Council of Holland. Every month the Flower Council works with representatives of the floriculture sector to choose one or more plants which are particularly popular with consumers, or which are not (yet) particularly well-known but which have the potential to do well in the garden, on the patio or on the balcony.