Finally, A ‘Phenomenal’ Lavender That Looks Good All Winter

They said it couldn’t be done, but finally, there’s a new kind of lavender that looks good all winter. Appropriately dubbed ‘Phenomenal’, it’s so good, in fact, that it’s now being used for municipal plantings. To understand the hype, I bought three plants last year to carry out a trial run. What I discovered was nothing short of, well, phenomenal. Continue reading

Why Christmas Trees Smell So Good

 

When I was a teen, a French girl came to live with us for the summer. She caused quite a stir in conservative Delaware with her cigarette jeans, lace-up wedge espadrilles and oversized red glasses. That being said, what I remember most was her preference for a men’s cologne named Pino Sylvestre. Whenever she brushed past, a wisp of fresh, forest smell followed in her wake. Continue reading

Top Plants for Creating A Year-Round Fragrant Garden

Rose pink

A few years ago, I was visiting Lima in December when suddenly, a sweet perfume came floating through the warm afternoon air. For a moment I was taken aback, until I realized the smell was none other than the scent of roses. And rounding the corner there they were, a stunning collection of velvety, deep pink blooms beckoning me into their fragrant garden. Continue reading