Container gardening can be a nice portable way to create an ever-changing array of floral displays. They can line steps, be decorations beside fences, or be a nice way to present interesting foliage or flowers on a porch or deck. These choices for containers are all ones that have some sort of fragrance, good or bad.
Angel’s trumpet, or Datura inoxia var. quinquecuspida, is from the nightshade family. A perennial, it is also drought tolerant. This container garden plant grows 3 feet high and 6 feet wide when able to sprawl. It has trumpet-like flowers, white or lavender, that are erect and up to 8 inches long. Leaves are smelly and coarse. Fruits are spiny seed pods that are round. Other cultivars may have yellow, blue, or purple flowers. Angel’s trumpet should have partial sun to full sun and a well-drained rich soil. It is drought tolerant, however. Propagate by seed or by root division, with it being hardy in USDA hardiness zones of 5 through 10. Leaves and seeds have alkaloids that are poisonous and narcotic.
Carolina Yellow Jasmine
Carolina yellow jasmine, or Gelsemium sempervirens, is from the logania family. A fast growing evergreen vine, it is both drought tolerant and fragrant. It is a climbing vine, growing up to 20 feet long. Leaves are rich green and narrow. Flowers are clustered and tubular; yellow in color. Blooms will be seen from late winter to spring. Plant Carolina yellow jasmine in full sun or partial shade with moist soil. Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or by layers, with it being hardy in the USDA hardiness zones of 7 through 9. This plant has many poisonous parts and should be grown with caution.
Grand Crinum Lily
Grand crinum lily, or Crinum asiaticum, is from the amaryllis family. It is a fragrant evergreen perennial that is drought tolerant and does well as a cut flower or in containers. It has strap-like dark green leaves that are 3 feet long. The plant itself grows 5 feet high and 7 feet wide. Tubular flowers are white and in clusters on top of the succulent stems. Plant a grand crinum lily in a well-drained dry soil and in full sun or partial shade. Propagate by clump division, separating the bulb offsets. It is hardy in USDA hardiness zones of 9 through 11. All parts of this plant are poisonous and its sap can be the cause of contact skin dermatitis.
These three choices can all work well in your container garden, as the only plant in the pot or as a fine specimen plant to have other smaller plants accompany them. Either way, these three are not difficult to grow and can be quite fragrant.