Fall Fragrances

Flower scents are more commonly associated with Spring, but this Fall, my garden plants are really full of fragrances. The Sweet Olive, Osmanthus fragrans, bloomed with a multitude of tiny flowers that completely filled the yard with their strong scent.

I am having my house painted and the painters apparently, spent the day trying to figure out which plant was making the wonderful perfume that could be smelled over the paint odor.

The climbing rose prefers to bloom when the weather cools.  It attracts the bees and hummingbirds. The scent becomes strong at different times of the day.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Gingers have been reblooming with sweet scents.  This one is Maximun Hedychium.

The Evening Primrose, Oenothera grandiflora, is hanging on with its unusual scented blooms lasting longer in the cooler weather.  I don’t know if it was the heavy rains we had that stimulated these plants to flower more, but it has been a Fall filled with fragrances.


17 Comments on “Fall Fragrances”

  1. gaiainaction says:

    How very beautiful, I can also almost get the scents by your description. Thank you for a cheerful blog post.

  2. MMmmm, remembering Osmanthus fragrans, too far south here. My neighbor has an Arabian Jasmine that flowers this time of year. Not quite the same. Scent nostalgia.

    • It is so interesting to learn about the areas plants grow in. Unfortunately, most gardening magazines etc. cater to the North. I find blogging so interesting to track what grows where. I was surprised to see gingers growing in North Carolina and some warm weather plants in England. I am not a trained horticulturalist, so I am learning by doing and observing.

      • It is interesting, I have learned Houston is much more tropical than I thought from you. I think we can all grow Oxalis and Gallardia. Was surprised to see Liriope in England.

  3. Deb says:

    Your sweet olive tree ,I know smells good for I have one blooming by the front porch, the flowers are small but loaded with fragrance! Having your house painted sounds exciting.

    • The painting was long overdue. We did the inside and the outside. In the process, we had to empty all the rooms which incentivized us to sort through 20 years of accumulated stuff. It was a good cleaning out.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I adore Osmanthus! Sadly, I haven’t been successful growing it here in a pot. Southern dwellers are fortunate to grow it in their yards. Enjoy a sniff for me!

  5. shoreacres says:

    There’s something sweetly scented that I smell every year, and I have yet to figure it out. Now I’m wondering if it might be sweet olive. I’ve been assuming ‘shrub,’ but maybe it’s a tree. That evening primrose is a beauty. I’ve never thought of the primroses as having a scent, but maybe I’ve just missed it — or maybe garden varieties are sweeter.

    • It is hard to believe that those tiny flowers pack such a scent and send it so far. The Olive will bloom on and off until the hot summer arrives. The Primrose was collected in Alabama around the early 1800’s, so it is a wildflower. It’s scent comes at night, but will sometimes linger in the morning.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Sweet olive is not much too look at, but it doesn’t need to be. Pollinators find it by fragrance. the most colorful flowers tend to be less fragrant because they use color to attract pollinators. Fragrant flowers do not need to be colorful, because their priority is attracting pollinators with fragrance.

      • It is full of bees when it blooms.

  6. Chloris says:

    Wonderful, I can’t resist fragrant flowers. Osmanthus is spring flowering here and the gingers bloom in September so you have scents from different seasons for us.

  7. Leif Price says:

    Got my eyes on the Evening Primrose. Just beautiful.


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