Sweet scent of honeysuckle, bewitching jasmine ... Some climbers transport us to fragrant memories.
Make room for them in the garden!
Robust and flowering, climbers make it easy to green a facade, camouflage a fence or dress up an arbor or pergola.
Some of their smaller varieties can be grown in pots, they bring luxuriance within the reach of pocket gardens and balconies!
Roses and wisteria
Among the most fragrant species, we find of course the wisteria, a vine that can reach 10 to 15 meters long and whose vigor requires a sufficiently solid support. Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) blooms in the spring before the first leaves appear, then again in late summer. The Japanese (Wisteria floribunda) has a less marked scent but compensates with the abundance of its flowers. Both settle in the sun in well-drained soil. In pots, go for the smaller Amethyst Falls.
With their cascades of simple flowers with old-fashioned charm, the climbing roses have varied scents: scents of cloves for the immaculate roses of "Bobby James", honey notes for those of "Wedding Day", musky notes for the pink flowers of "Paul's Himalayan Musk" ... Spoiled for choice!
Honeysuckle, jasmine and clematis
Easy to grow in sun or partial shade, the honeysuckle scent the evening air with its most recognizable scent. The most fragrant varieties are found in the honeysuckle of the woods (Lonicera x peryclimenum): "Belgica" with purple and yellow flowers, "Serotina" with pink and cream flowers, "Graham Thomas" with yellow flowers ... Also pick from those of Lonicera japonica which offer semi-persistent vegetation. In pots, try “Gold Flame” whose red and yellow flowers give off spicy scents.
Another safe bet, the jasmine thrives in the sun in fertile soil. It can be replaced by star jasmine, less cautious, which can reach 3 to 4 meters high. Also think about clematis, who like to grow their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade. Some varieties, such asarmandii or the Montana, are scented.
Photo credit: The Plant of the Month