Research has shown that scent can influence our emotions, stress levels and feelings of well-being. Can you imagine roses or honeysuckle without it? And it's not just flowers that can have us inhaling deeply: Plants with fragrant foliage, like the scented geranium and catmint that line my walkway, also release intoxicating scents when I brush past them as I walk by. --Jessica Damiano
Fly honeysuckle is deciduous shrubbery with opposite egg-shaped leaves and pairs of tubular fragrant flowers that can be red, white or pink.
Catmint (Nepeta). "Walker's Low," a catmint variety, attracts bees and butterflies, but is otherwise pest and disease resistant and doesn't require more than average soil and full sun. It will even tolerate a bit of shade, preferring well-drained soil and neutral pH.
Geraniums can be stored over the winter for replanting next spring.