The Fragrant Flower Garden: Growing, Arranging & Preserving Natural Scents

Ten Speed. Mar. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781984860101. pap. $19.99. GARDENING
Landscape design firm owner Bittner and floral design company co-owner Harampolis, coauthors of Harvest, discuss their favorite fragrant plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, bulbs, and annuals. They begin with a brief section, with examples, about combining fragrant plants with plant color palettes. There’s also a discussion of focal, secondary, and filler flowers. In the “Favorite Fragrant Plants” section, entries include scientific and common names, USDA hardiness zones, light preferences, plant and scent descriptions, favorite cultivars, ideal planting spots, harvesting techniques, and tips for incorporating flowers in products like infusions. There’s also a chapter that offers guidance for harvesting, conditioning, and arranging flowers; examples include step-by-step instructions to create floral displays. The final chapter teaches readers how to create floral products such as perfumes, hydrosols, and tinctures. The book concludes with sources for seeds, plants, and supplies. While not all plants mentioned are pictured, this useful, attractive book contains many beautiful color photographs.
VERDICT Floral arrangers and gardeners interested in adding scented plants to their gardens will relish this title. Readers wishing to delve more deeply into this subject may also enjoy The Scentual Garden by Ken Druse and photographer Ellen Hoverkamp.
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