If you’re considering adding some new botanical beauties to your home garden, the plants below will prove to be more beast than beauty when it comes to your sense of smell.
- Shasta Daisy
Daisies are a popular and beloved addition to many home gardens. Their bright petals and playful designs provide a beautiful and innocent aesthetic to any garden. Unfortunately, not all types of daisies smell as sweet as they look. The shasta daisy attracts flies as their primary pollinator. This results in flowers that smell like urine, stinky feet and even cow manure. Before you fall in love with a set of daisies to place in your garden, double check their name and their scent before planting.
- Crown Imperial
At first glance, the crown imperial appears to be a top choice when it comes to choosing a garden centerpiece. The petals are an alluring orange color. The sepals are erect and in a wave pattern, appearing more like an ornate crown over the bulb of the flower. However, the allure of this flower ends once you catch a whiff of its odor. Instead of being pleasant or sweet, it smells sulfurous. Some even describe the scent as akin to skunk spray. Either smell is repulsive and should never be added to your garden.
- Flowering Pear Tree
Admittedly, every word in the name of the flowering pear tree sounds pleasant and desirable. If you were to walk through a home and garden center only to spot a little seedling of a tree with this name, you’d purchase it in a heartbeat. This is definitely one of those instances where the buyer should beware. A flowering pear tree looks absolutely lovely when it’s in full bloom, but that’s also when its true nature emerges. The blossoms on the flowering pear tree smell like rotten fish. You could live hundreds of miles away from the sea, but this tree will bring the scent of a fish warehouse to your garden every summer.
Valerian is hailed as a miracle herb when it comes to promoting a sense of calm and drowsiness. Whether used in a tea or in a warm bath, valerian can settle your nerves expertly. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make a great garden addition. It’s small, white blossoms smell like stinky, rotten feet. This tiny plant packs a hefty punch in both the medicinal and olfactory departments simultaneously.