FRAGRANCE NORTH BED
FRAGRANCE SOUTH BED
WHY FRAGRANCE IN PLANTS?
Plants carry fragrance for one of two reasons, to ensure pollination or to protect themselves against drought. In general flowers with bright color are rarely perfumed, there are exceptions. Bright red or ornage flowers are generally pollinated by birds. Scented pastel flowers have turned the green pigment in their petals to perfume to attract insects.
Most herbs originated in semi-arid climates like the Mediterranean region.
Plants in a dry climate protect against water loss by synthesizing essential oils which evaporate more slowly than water. These oils are found in the leaves and stems of the plants and take the place of moisture in the plants.
Lavender holds its scent very well. Like the rose oil lavender oil has been valued through time.
It takes 1 ton of lavender to make 2.25 lb. of lavender oil.
PLANTS IN THE FRAGRANCE GARDENS INCLUDE:
Borage, tansy, lavender, roses, monarda (bee balm), lemon verbena, pineapple sage, thyme, mountain mint, abelia mosanensis, green santolina, curry, dianthus, corsican mint, silver mound artemisia