"Is it possible to get drunk on the fragrance of a flower?"
I ask myself that question every spring when I step onto the patio and drink in the intoxicating perfume of the honeysuckle flowers (Lonicera japonica 'Halliana') that cover the tall wooden trellis.
Even though it may be early in the morning, I'm never imbibing alone. Many bees join me for this garden happy hour.
Honeysuckle is just one of my favorite fragrant flowers. I'm also especially fond of the delicate, sweet bouquet of Harison's rose (Rosa x Harisonnii). Settlers traveling west brought Harison's cuttings with them because they couldn't imagine their new gardens without them.
I understand the attraction. This hardy rose is so tough, it doesn't need a hand to tend it. Many Harison's roses still bloom today at long-abandoned homesteads.
Another fragrant rose in my cottage garden is 'Frontenac' (Rosa 'Frontenac'), from the Canadian Explorer series. This dependable shrub rose features deep-pink semidouble flowers that bloom from early June to late September.
Although Frontenac's aroma is less heady than other garden roses, its light floral scent fills the room once the flower is cut and sitting on the kitchen table.
Do you have any fragrant flowers that grow well in your Mountain Region garden? I'd love to learn about them, so please share your favorites here.