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I am interested in planting several different perennials that are very fragrant and also attract butterflies. The soil in Indiana is very hard and clay like and the planting would be on the south side of our home with good drainage. They would be planted in mulch and dirt. Any suggestions and tips? Thanks.

Hi Scott,
Sorry for the delay. First thing, tea roses.  I love the smell of tea roses.  I would try to plan my garden for all periods so that means irises too.  Irises have a delicious fragrance, but they come earlier.  Be sure to put in a lilac or two and mock orange.  Here are some more ideas, Oriental lilies, lavender, phlox paniculata, dianthus, peonies, convallaria (Lily of the Valley, viola odorata, monarda (bee balm) and valerian.  That's what comes immediately to mind.  Hope this helps.



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I have been a gardener for 20 years with perennials both growing from seed and from nurseries. I went through the Master Gardener Program from Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service and I answered questions on the Hotline a few years ago for the Wyandotte County Kansas Extension Service. I have also lived in the Florida, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Missouri and am experienced with a variety of climates, soils and weather conditions.


I have been growing perennials for over 20 years now. I am self-taught mostly except for a master gardener class. I have experimented with all kinds of perennials including many that are not common to my area. I have read hundreds of books and grown hundreds of varieties of plants and hope to make it a business some day. I have become versed in botanical names and growing conditions and what I don't know off of the top of my head I can usually easily find in my vast array of research material and botanical and horticultural contacts. I especially enjoy experimenting with growing plants out of zone.

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