Scented Herbs

For the serious herbalist and gardener alike, keeping scented herbs in or around your home can be a truly rewarding experience. Scented herbs are not o­nly pleasant to look at, but their engaging scents offer your home a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere to relish in.

However, while many people keep scented herbs for the pleasant aromas they give off, they can be used for a variety of reasons. You can have the best of both worlds with scented herbs. While some herbs are used specifically for deterring pests like deer from a garden area, some people will plant an herb to entice what most people would see as a garden pest. That's right - some people plant scented herbs in their gardens to attract insects.

One example of this would be the Anise Hyssop plant. The Anise Hyssop is planted for its unique licorice scent, which is prone to attracting large crowds of bees to its pedals and to the surrounding plant life, as well. The bees pollinate the Anise Hyssop's gynoecium center (the reproductive part found inside of all plants), and are prone to pollinating the other plants present in the garden as well, contributing its health as a whole. This is what gardeners find so favorable about the Anise Hyssop as a scented herb, and its unique beauty is also a definite plus.

Another scented herb that you may find favorable for your home and garden is lavender. Lavender is primarily kept for its simple beauty and enticing aroma, but it also has a few, lesser-known functions you could implement yourself. Earlier, the fact that some herbs are used to keep deer away from gardens was mentioned. This fact is directly connected to lavender. Lavender is also employed in cooking and can be incorporated with food to add seasoning.