Scented Flowers & Foliages
Scent is such a popular element of cut flowers that the first
thing most of us do when buying a bouquet is smell the flowers. Over a third of
you, in F&PA surveys, say it influences your choice of flower purchase.
scents are one of the most popular smells, and the perfume industry expends a
great deal of effort trying to reproduce the authentic fragrance of fresh flowers.
It has also been discovered that certain fragrances can
have an effect on our emotions and wellbeing. The scent of orange blossom or lavender
can act as a sedative, while citrus smells are great pick-me-ups.
cut flowers that have consistent quality, long vase life, good colour, disease
resistance, and the strength to grow profusely, some of the scent genes are bred
out in the process. It is a side-effect of the molecular structure of flowers.
Because of this, growers and geneticists have recently
started breeding more perfume back into cut flowers again. Flowers and foliage
are also beginning to be graded with a scent scale, like a bottle of wine, based
on strength of perfume and the type of scent - sweet, spicy, woody, exotic and
In general, white and pale flowers are particularly
strongly scented, eg oriental lilies, tuberose, tazetta narcissi. Freesia are
an exception to this - darker red and pink varieties have the strongest scent.
Bear in mind that a cool room is better for prolonging the life of cut
flowers; but too cool a room may prevent scented flowers giving off their full
Farm (www.scillyflowers.co.uk) in the Isles of Scilly specialises in scented
narcissi and pinks. Their prices include postage costs.
The Isles of
Scilly growers behind www.scentednarcissi.co.uk
handpick scented narcissi to order and dispatch them direct to your door in midnight
blue presentation boxes. Visit www.scentednarcissi.co.uk
for more information.
For information on scented cut roses visit
The Real Flower Company at /www.realflowers.co.uk
on the flowers and foliage opposite for a guide to those with the strongest scent.