Gardening: You know it makes good scents

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With the unseasonable cold weather now behind us, the Horticultural Trades Association is encouraging gardeners to start planting some ‘pick me up’ plants in their beds and containers to enhance well-being into the summer months.

Both floral and herbal scented products have long been recognised for their health benefits, an HTA survey revealed that 63 per cent of people in the UK purchasing these products on a monthly basis. However, only 12 per cent actually plant these in the garden with a quarter of people not knowing how to use them for health benefits when growing them.

Through its Spring into Summer campaign, the HTA is encouraging people to give their garden a simple and healthy, scented makeover.

Roses provide a calming scent that can help ease nerves. Purchase a living rose from a garden centre and plant in an open, sunny site. With such a wide range available you can find roses that will suit both large and small gardens, contemporary or traditional, varieties for planting into flower beds or traditional borders and for potting into planters for the courtyard or patio garden, giving instant appeal.

Chamomile is best known for being an ingredient in tea. Its most common use is for relaxation but it is also used for digestion, to curing headaches and also as an antiseptic. Chamomile is best planted in bulk in full sun and would look good as part of a lawn.

Herbs such as mint and rosemary also have a number of benefits. Mint can help settle an upset stomach and soothes and softens skin. Mint is perfect for being grown in a border or in a pot, but it can spread very rapidly so it is best grown in an enclosed area in a sunny position in loam or sandy soil.

HTA director Carol Paris said: “Although colour is an important part of any garden, introducing different scents is essential to creating your perfect outdoor space. Planting scented plants in your garden is so easy and has so many benefits to yourself and to bees and butterflies that pollinate the garden.”