Growing unscented annual and perennial flowers

There is a big difference between leisurely enjoying a flower's fragrance and enduring a flower's fragrance while dining. Nature has kindly set aside flower varieties that do not smell. Planting unscented flowers near dining areas where the flower's beauty is enjoyed without interfering with the aroma of the meal is a good landscaping choice. Those dining areas may be outdoor "rooms" like a patio or deck, or near a kitchen or dining room window that might be opened while the flowers are in bloom.

Annual flowers with no scent

Though considered annuals because the roots of the plant cannot tolerate extended periods of winter cold, some annual flowers self seed to return the following spring. The seeds may drop in the immediate area of the plant or be carried by wind or water to establish away from the plant. Sunflower, with varieties that grow 1 to 9 feet tall, comes with edible seeds. The blooms of snapdragon, which appear in late spring and may last through summer, are clustered in spike-like formations 6 to 36 inches tall with colors of pink, yellow, purple or red in varying shades or bi-colors. Zinnia plants offer color from summer into fall with blooms of pink, orange, red, white or yellow that reach 6 to 36 inches tall. All these flower garden plants can be grown in full sun. For unscented shade flowers, try impatiens whose blooms of white, pink, lavender, orange, salmon or bi-colors display from spring into earl fall on bushy plants, 8 to 24 inches tall.

Perennial flowers with no scent

Perennial flowers can be dug up about every four years, divided into three or more sections for replanting. Perennial flowers for full sun to part shade with blooms that do not smell include balloon flower, with its large white, blue or purple blooms growing on stems 1 to 3 feet tall. Shasta daisy, which grows 1 to 3 feet tall and produces blooms with white petals and yellow center, prefers full sun. Coneflower and purple coneflower grow 2 to 3 feet tall in full sun and have daisy-like blooms of yellow or purple-pink. For shady areas in the landscape, there's bleeding heart, which has white, pink or red heart-shaped spring time blooms on a plant that grows 1 to 2 feet tall. Columbine's spring blooms in shades of red, yellow or purple grow on stems reaching 1 to 2 feet tall and thrive in shade.

Planting flowers

Use a spade or shovel to dig a hole slightly larger than the potted plant to loosen the soil. Return enough soil to the hole so the top of the plant ends up level with the surrounding ground. Remove the plant from the container and gently loosen the roots at the bottom. Place in the hole and push the soil around the plant. Water thoroughly to settle the soil, adding more soil if necessary. Add about 2 inches of mulch, like pine chips, to help retain moisture. Water every seven to 10 days if there is no rainfall.