The Scented Garden was designed in a slight hollow in which to trap scent, and features raised beds to allow visitors to fully appreciate the plantings at close hand. Familiar herbs, including creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum ‘Coccineus’) and sage (Salvia officinalis) sit amidst mounds of cotton lavender (Santolina pinnata ssp. neapolitana ‘Edward Bowles’). The scented blooms of Dianthus ‘Mrs Sinkins’ and the aromatic leaves of the pineapple sage, Salvia elegans, add further interest. During summer the permanent plantings are complemented by tender perennials, including Pelargonium ‘Pink Capitatum’ , P. tomentosum, Lathyrus ‘Cupani’ and chocolate scented Cosmos atrosanguineus.
Interest extends into the winter months with shrubby wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox, and evergreen bay, Laurus nobilis, while wallflowers and bulbous hyacinths create welcome late winter colour and fragrance.