My husband has a natural affinity to plants, he cares for them and they thrive. We have a ritual of acquiring a brown boronia every year, which resides just near the back door so that every morning the perfume is available. The boronia is linked inexorably to the memory of my mother.

One purpose and feature of the garden is its nighttime perfume. It emanates the purposeful extravagance of great beauty.


Night jessamine, star jasmine, native frangipani, frangipani, lemon verbena, citrus, orange blossom, muraya, lily (clear and powerful) with large leaves like an elephant’s ear, magnolia, lemon-scented tea tree, mint, tarragon, lavender.


Susan Grant