Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Pots of perfume

Scent plays a key role in the garden, especially in the hot Summer month’s, and what could be better than relaxing on your patio, whether in the day or evening, surrounded by pots of perfumed plants

Even just placing containers of fragrant plants by your front door, or along paths will greet you with a cloud of scent as you walk by. On the patio container plants can be used as a screen, or boundary helping to filter wind. Shrubs planted in pots generally remain smaller than ground grown ones, depending on the size of the container. 

Always be prepared to repot to a larger container if roots start appearing in drainage holes. A good soil-based compost is best for container planting. Never use garden soil as it doesn’t drain well and can cause plant disease.

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With a rich, spicy perfume the dwarf Gardenia is a must-have in a patio container.
The Sand Buchu, with bright mauve and purple flowers will release a glorious lemon-scented fragrance when the leaves are rubbed.

Other perfumed plants to consider are lavenders, scented geraniums and Dune Salvia.


Container plants need a monthly feed with a general fertiliser during the Spring and Summer months. Water a couple of times a week to avoid drying out . A light covering of mulch or gravel on top of the soil will help retain moisture.

The African Dog rose is a beautiful patio container plant with dense foliage and large white flowers with a gorgeous scent.
Wild Rosemary is indigenous and the evergreen foliage will perfume the air.
The Shell bush is another deliciously fragrant shrub.


A couple of gorgeous perfumed climbers, like Jasmine Polyanthum, with its gentle fragrance, or Jasmine Sambac, with a stronger scent, maybe a beautifully perfumed Honeysuckle to transform your patio into a perfumed oasis!

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