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Scents of the Season

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There are some great scents out there this time of year, and many are natural ones like this simple container with some boughs of balsam and red twig dogwoods in it. You can put it right next to your door and when you walk in just grab it and smell it. If you trim branches off your live Christmas tree, don't just throw them away, spread the smell around the whole house.

It's a scratch and sniff Christmas! But balsam isn't the only scent for this type of year. We're used to pumpkin pie and mulled cider, but there are some other great plant smells you can have. 

This is a lemon cypress! When you rub the branch, it smells like lemon. This is not hardy in our climate. It's only hardy to zone 7, so this isn't going to be an outdoor plant, but as a house plant it adds a scent and a nice bright color. 

If you're into cooking, like I am, there is rosemary. This is really nice to have this time of year. This one has been trimmed almost like a Christmas tree shape. Snip off branches for cooking.  And you can get rosemary to overwinter indoors. In spring move it  back outside as a potted plant and you can have them years and years. 

And then  this of course, is lavender. 

Another plant to have is lavender. Now this is not the 'Munstead' lavender that is hardy here. This one will not survive the winter outdoors, but as a house plant and as a plant to move outside and back inside next fall, it's great. For the holidays you've got this beautiful silver gray foliage on an attractive plant. You can put little red ornaments on it, it could be your Christmas tree! 

So look for these scents all through the holiday season.

By Charlie Nardozzi

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