MANY HERBS AND FLOWERS ARE SCENTED. POTPOURRI HERBS AND FLOWERS ARE THOSE WHICH HOLD THEIR FRAGRANCE WHEN DRY.
Our earliest ancestors burned scented woods to give pleasure.
The word per fume literally means by means of smoke.
We know as far back as ancient Egypt that scented herbs were important on a daily basis. Herbs found with King Tut still had fragrance after 3000 years.
Potpourri became common in Europe in the 18th century, especially in Victorian times.
Mint was used as a strewing herb (scattered on damp, musty floors in early times) and is highly cultivated for its essential oils.
Mix of scented flowers and petals, woods, roots and barks, herbs, spices and fixatives. Unscented flowers and pods may enhance the appearance. Essential oils are added to keep the fragrance alive.
Rose petals are often the base. Orris root (an iris bulb) is usually used as a fixative.
Sleep pillows should only be made wih recommended sleep herbs. Other dried materials can cause difficulty sleeping and even night mares.
There are dry and wet potpourris. It is best to start with a recipe. Our garden was planted with two recipes in mind. We make potpourris each fall and share them with the members.
LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
Mint symbolizes virtue and warmth of sentiment.
COMPANION PLANTINGS (May repel insects or attract beneficial insect pollinators. Also may interfere with growth.)
ROSES - Garlic repels aphids and beetles. Rosemary intensifies rose scents.
Plants in the potpourri garden include:
love in a mist (nigela), dianthus, lavender, lemon verbena, astilbe, scented geraniums, gumphrena, thyme, statice, roses, rosemary, sage