Identical plantings of herbs that have been grown through the centuries for their pleasing aromas frame the Knot. These four quadrants, formal in design and delicate in color, make up the Fragrance Garden. Standard Knock Out roses mark the entrances to the central Knot. Cone shaped Wintergreen boxwood and plump pillows of Buxus Green Velvet lend traditional formality within the beds throughout the seasons.
Colorful early blooms in the Fragrance Garden draw visitors into the Herb Garden every spring, where formal drifts of pink and white Foxtrot tulips are flanked by deep blue hyacinths and delicate white narcissus.
Soon after, peaking in late May, scented white blooms predominate with masses of white peonies, lavender and white Iris Germanica and Iris Pallida, white Alyssum, giant snow drops and Sweet Bay Magnolia flowers. The white flowers are contrasted by the mixed colors of the Sweet William against the stone walls.
Summer brings more color to the area with the vibrant purple hue of Princess Marina Heliotrope, deep pink Hudson Pink Dianthus, delicate pink Fairy Roses and the light purple of Hidecote lavender. Full plantings of various scented pelargoniums that replaced the tulips add fragrance to the mix of scents.
Click below to enjoy images of the plants in the Fragrance Garden.
Photos by Kate Williams