Gardeners today are blessed with seemingly endless plant choices for their gardens. It's true, hundreds of new plants are introduced each year and many are just too tempting to resist. However most modern plants have been bred for color, size, shape, or some form of resistance. With the exception of David Austin's delicious roses, the one attribute overlooked is fragrance. Fragrance is one of the first features to come to mind, when we think of flowers, yet it is often missing from gardens entirely. What would spring be without the enveloping perfume of lilacs? A rose just isn't a rose without scent and Sweet Autumn Clematis lets us know the season might be winding down, but the memory will linger.
One easy way to bring more fragrance back into your garden is with heirloom flowers, those old-fashioned open pollinated plants that were garden staples for years. The term heirloom generally refers to plants that are at least 50 years old and the seed has been passed down from gardener to gardener. Some come with stories or a provenance, but many are just old standards. Isn't that sound like fun to hear the stories!
These older flowers are often taller than modern hybrids and sometimes a bit messier in growth habit - perfect for a cottage garden. Since they are open pollinated, most will reseed themselves throughout your borders and generally make themselves at home, without a lot of effort on your part. Here are a baker's dozen of fragrant bloomers to consider for your garden. I will share some each day to get them all in.
What's not to like about a chocolate scented flower? The bright yellow flowers will bloom year round, in frost free areas. Even cool climate gardeners will get their fair share of color throughout the summer. If the plants start to look tired, you can shear them back by 1/3 and new buds will soon appear. Chocolate Daisy needs well draining soil and may not survive the winter in cold climates with wet soil. But it grows quickly from seed and requires minimal care; just some shaping and watering during dry spells.
Height: 18-24 inches
Width: 15 - 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: USDA zones 5 - 11
I will look for this seed. Haven't ever heard of it? Have you....
taken from : http://gardening.about.com/od/flowergardening/ss/Deliciously-Fragrant-Heirloom
Found some more information about chocolate daisy. Can you forgive the foliage of this unassuming wildflower for resembling a dandelion? You can after you smell the unbelievable cocoa fragrance of the chocolate daisy. And, although it would be too much to ask that the flowers taste as good as they smell, the chocolate daisy is classified as an herb, and can garnish your salads as well as your bouquets.
Get to Know the Chocolate Daisy
Also known as the chocolate flower, the green-eyed lyre leaf, or lyreleaf greeneyes, the chocolate daisy belongs to the genus Berlandiera lyrata and the family Asteraceae. Plants are reliably hardy in USDA growing zones 4-10, where they will average one to two feet in height.
The foliage of the chocolate daisy is elongated and slightly lobed, with the grayish tint characteristic of many drought tolerant plants. The small 2-inch yellow flowers resemble those of the coreopsis. They are a clear yellow, with eight petals in a simple ray shape. The eye of the daisies are green, and upon close inspection you may notice the little burgundy pollen filaments bearing yellow anthers.
In the morning, the distinct aroma of the chocolate flower is the strongest. In the heat of the afternoon, the flowers may look a bit listless, but they will revive the following day.
In addition to its unique fragrance, an attribute of the chocolate daisy that appeals to many flower gardeners is its exceptional blooming period. Flowers planted in full sun may bloom from spring until frost, with the heaviest blooming time occurring right around the summer solstice.
Planting the Chocolate Daisy
Although wildflower peepers can find these plants growing extensively across the plains and mesas of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma, you don’t need to disturb their native habitat by collecting plants. You can collect seeds of the chocolate daisy in the spring and summer, and they germinate easily in lean soils. Plant the seeds anytime during the frost-free growing season.
Whether you start with seeds or with transplants from the nursery or mail-order catalog, be sure to plant the chocolate daisy in well-drained soil. You will have the best success in duplicating the plant’s natural habitat of rocky, sandy soil types. Some clay is fine, as long as the plants never get wet feet, in which case they will rot.
Chocolate Daisy Design Tips
•The chocolate daisy is an obvious choice for the fragrant flower garden. Don’t hesitate to pick the flowers for a nosegay bouquet, as picking releases more of the heady perfume.
•Plant the chocolate daisy in the rock garden or alpine garden, as it appreciates rocky soils. Place it close to paths where you can observe the small blooms and catch a whiff of chocolate.
•Include the chocolate daisy in the xeriscape garden. It rarely needs supplemental watering.
•Add the chocolate daisy to your wildflower meadow.
•The chocolate daisy is an important source of nectar. Attract both butterflies and beneficial wasps to your flower garden with this plant.
•Replace a small area of your lawn with chocolate daisy plants. You can even mow the plants, and they will grow back vigorously, but never invasively.
• Foil deer with the chocolate daisy. Perhaps the fragrance most intoxicating to many humans is repellant to deer. What a happy coincidence!
The adage “less is more” applies to the care of the chocolate daisy. Less fertilizer, less water, and less pesticide sprays are the key to this easy flowering perennial. Use your grass clipping shears to deadhead the many leafless stems all at once, to encourage reblooming. Taken from http://flowers.about.com/od/Perennial-Flowers/p/The-Chocolate-Daisy.htm
Till next time this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa