Synopses & Reviews
Though flowers were once grown mainly for their fragrances, that art, and many exceptional varieties, have since been almost lost. This book will reintroduce this wonderful gardening area. Mrs. Wilder describes and lists hundreds of plants from those that come out in early spring, through the smells of May and June, the gilliflowers including the carnation, the many varieties of roses and geraniums, summer and autumn flowers, annuals, hardy shrubs and climbers, night scented flowers, herbs, rock garden flowers, fruit and berry smells, and, finally, the wild scents of nature. Many of the plants she describes have been overlooked in recent years. Some she had rediscovered from herbalists and early writers on plants. Some are standard varieties. Others are varieties of plants you might want to try instead of their nonfragrant near relations.
In each section the author gives descriptions of wellknown plants, with quotations from other writers, notes on mixing different smells and using fragrances creatively, and finally marvelous attempts at the difficult task of putting the fragrances into words. At the end of each chapter she then gives a very complete listing of the many plants in each category, making it easy for the gardener to choose the varieties that are particularly suited to his own preferences and needs.
Gardeners, of course, will want this book as a handy reference for new and exciting experiments in gardening with sweet scented flowers and leaves. But those who just have one or two plants at home, those who like to read about plants, and those who enjoy the wild plants of nature will also want it for the increased pleasure it gives in appreciating and identifying many of natures's most pleasant fragrances.
"...a delightful and readable book, full of personal experiences and intimate notes, spiced with wisdom and quotes from famous early gardeners...a pleasure to read if only to have one's senses opened to the glories of fragrance that are so often missed." Washington Post
Fullest, best book on growing plants for their fragrances. Descriptions of hundreds of plants, both well-known and overlooked.