Fragrance Landscaping

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.”
– George William Curtis

From left to right: Rosa Rugosa, Lavender, Honeysuckle, and Lilac are all fragrant perennials for your landscaping.

October is prime time for planting trees and shrubs. Even planting into November works well. Unfortunately, end of season inventory means there’s less selection. One of our clients gave us the skinny on how she planned to revamp the landscaping for the home she just purchased. She called it ‘fragrance landscaping’. She graciously offered to share some of the plants on her list, which we found quite enlightening.

For trees, two were favorites; Yellowwood (Cladrastis Kentukea) and the Chaste tree – (Vitex agnus-castus). The Chaste tree is more common in the southern zones but is being successfully planted in southern areas of zone 5 with some occasional winter dieback. The Yellowwood produces showy, sweet-smelling white-yellow flowers that mature into long, slender pods. It is called “yellowwood” because it produces a yellow dye that imparts a yellow cast to the heartwood. Interestingly, the largest known specimen in the world, (by diameter) is at Spring Grove Cemetery, measuring over 72 feet tall and with a trunk diameter of over 7 feet. The Chaste tree is prized for its delicate-textured aromatic foliage and butterfly attracting spikes of lavender flowers in late summer in cooler climates. Other trees for fragrance include Dogwood, Magnolia, Golden Locust, Sourwood, and Fringe tree.

There are more fragrant shrubs that you can shake a stick at, but short list would include:

  • Bluebeard, Caryopteris
  • Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus floridus
  • Summersweet, Clethra
  • Cherry Laurel, Prunus caroliniana
  • Lavender, Lavandula stoechas
  • Lilac, Syringa congo
  • Fragrant Honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima
  • Rosa Rugosa, Hamanasu
  • Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Korean Spice Viburnum, Viburnum carlesii

In addition to the lovely aroma produced by these fragrant flowers, there is another wonderful benefit to fragrance landscaping. Many of the plants recommended here will also attract native pollinators to your yard. Habitat loss, pesticide, disease, and invasive species are all contributing factors for their recent decline. Providing a natural food source will help support the recovery of our friendly pollinators.

Our Recent Cincinnati Business Courier Posts

Cincinnati Business Courier Post
Have you seen our recent Cincinnati Business Courier posts? On September 29 we featured Perrin March’s listing; a grand, historic Indian Hill home on Kugler Mill Road. Then last Friday (Oct 3), we featured Lee Robinson’s lovely condominium at St James at the Park, Unit #604 overlooking beautiful Eden Park.

It should be noted that Lee has another unit available in St James; the lovely Unit #204. … … … You can find detailed information about St James at the Park by going here -> CondoKey St James.

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The Sotheby’s International Realty website FAR outpaces Christie’s and Luxury Portfolio websites in traffic. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is admirably recognized across the entire globe. Buyers of property in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky find us more easily through this international feed than OUR competitors! This is why our website is as popular as it is!

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Sotheby’s & RM Host Sale of Fine Automobiles in Hershey Penn.

The sale is set for October 5 & 6. Two of the classic autos for sale include: 1958 Chevrolet Impala (top), 1964 Lincoln Continental.   Click on image to see additional cars on the auction block – including a 1969 Buick Riviera, 1934 Lasalle Series 50 Convertible Coupe, 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe Victoria, and a 1961 AMC Metropolitan 1500 Convertible. These are just a handful of the selection of cars being sold in this, one of the largest and most significant auction of the year for fine automobiles.

Historic Indian Hill Home Now Available!

NEW! Perrin March is the listing agent for this historic home at 9105 Kugler Mill Road. This grand estate offers the aura of a mid-19th century farm AND the amenities of 21st century expectations. Gracious interior space and extraordinary outdoor living! First floor master suite with elevator. Multi-generational living, guest cottage. Barn. horse stable. Two pools. Tennis court. Everything you need! … … Please click image for video.

For complete info on our website: 9105 Kugler Mill Road.

Fall Fundraising Events

The Greater Cincinnati area has many wonderful charity fundraising events during the fall season. We are encouraged to get out of the house, relish the autumn weather, enjoy the company of like-minded neighbors, meet new friends, and make a difference!

Alzheimer’s Walk, Saturday, October 7, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Located in beautiful Sawyer Point, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation Brunch, Sunday, October 15, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Midwest Culinary Institute is the location for the de Cavel Friends & Family SIDS Brunch. Enjoy savory treats and scrumptious sweets prepared by some the best chefs, restaurateurs and foodies the Queen City has to offer. Each ticket purchased helps fund our outreach programs and research to eradicate SIDS. In addition to food and drink, guests can enjoy on-site music and kid-friendly activities.

Light the Night Walk, Thursday, October 19, 5:30 PM
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it’s all happening now. Not someday, but today. Each year friends, families and coworkers form teams to raise money in support of our mission. Walkers gather at Yeatman’s Cove for the 5:30 PM start.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Saturday, October 28, 9:00 AM
Making Strides events are an inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to raise awareness about the disease and raise money for the American Cancer Society. This helps to save lives from breast cancer by funding breast cancer research, providing free comprehensive information & support, and helping people take steps to reduce their risk of the disease or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Hunger 5K Run Walk, Saturday, November 4, 8:30 AM
The Hunger 5K in Blue Ash is a fun, family-friendly way for people of all ages to help those in need. Proceeds benefit Matthew 25: Ministries’ work with the poorest of the poor in Greater Cincinnati, throughout the U.S., and around the world. The race also kicks off the Hunger 5K Food Drive, which raises food products for local pantries and shelters. Since the race began, over 730,000 pounds of food has been distributed to people in need in Greater Cincinnati.

DAV Vet Run, November 11, 8:30 AM
The DAV 5K Run to Honor Veterans is a run, walk, roll and motorcycle ride that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day. The Motorcycle Honor Ride will kick off the start of the DAV 5K Cincinnati! All makes and models are welcome. All riders and passengers must register. 5K starts at 9:00 AM.

PETCASSO 2017, Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:00 – 10:30 PM
The fourth annual Petcasso fundraiser, benefiting Pets in Need of Greater Cincinnati, will be an upscale evening featuring an elegant cocktail buffet, open bar, live music, bourbon pull, travel raffle, and a fabulous silent auction. Bid on fabulous items, including 20 Painted Pets — cat & dog forms transformed into one-of-a-kind works of art by Cincinnati artists. This year’s event will be held at the Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Whichever event you pick, we know you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of common purpose in making our community a better place.