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Bouquets That Make "Scents"

Bouquets That Make "Scents"

Enjoying the Fragrances of Summer

Using your garden flowers to create indoor arrangements is one of summer’s delights—it’s a simple pleasure that most gardeners do without even thinking. 

When creating a scented bouquet, it’s important to follow one very important guideline: simplicity is your best friend. Accordingly, use one scent at a time, or groups of similar fragrances. Apple blossoms combined with lavender, for example, might look attractive, but the delicate apple aroma will be completely overwhelmed by lavender’s powerful fragrance. Sweet peas and lilies would have the same problem.

For best results, we recommend using one type of flower as the focus of your aromatic bouquet and visually complementing it with non-scented partners. For example, combine lilacs with a bit of greenery such as hosta leaves, ostrich ferns, or any deciduous tree leaves such as dogwood, bergenia or beargrass, and small filler flowers. Alternatively, partner a single, very strong-smelling flower like an Oriental lily with mountain ash berries, rhubarb leaves, Swiss chard (especially the colourful, neon Bright Lights variety) or any deciduous or perennial foliage with appealing texture and colour.

Hints for Enduring Arrangements

• Clean your vase with bleach, soap and very hot water before adding any water or flowers. This will kill any bacteria, which if left alive can significantly shorten the life of your cutflowers. Putting a vase in the dishwasher also works very well.
• Use a clean, sharp knife to harvest your garden flowers. You may want to try cutting at the late-bud stage, just before the flowers open. This will lengthen your enjoyment, as you can watch the flowers open in the bouquet. Of course, this also means that you’ll have to sacrifice the pleasure of seeing them flower in the garden; the choice is yours.
• Fill your vase with lukewarm water. Just before putting the flowers in the vase, re-cut the stems again with a sharp, sterile knife, as the cut ends rapidly close after cutting. This seal prevents cutflowers from drawing water up the stem, hence the need to re-cut.
• Place the flowers in the vase. Add a floral preservative to further extend the life of your bouquets. Floral preservatives contain simple sugar solutions that are food for the flowers, plus chemicals to inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria, and pH adjusters that lower the pH of your vase water to the ideal, disease-inhibiting range of 3–4. Add floral preservative each time you add water to your arrangement.

Spring Scents

For your scented bouquet, turn to these delightfully fragranced flowers, which are ready to pick in the summer, or in the spring where indicated. (Keep in mind that fragrance is subjective; what we call lightly scented, for example, may seem strong to sensitive noses. Also, some flowers may fall into more than one category.)

Strongly Scented • Hyacinth (spring), Narcissus (spring), Lilies, Roses, Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus

Lightly Scented • Forsythia (spring), Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) (spring), Sweet peas, Peonies, Roses, Lilac, Apple blossoms, Cherry blossoms, Plum blossoms, Scilla

Sweet Fragrances • Double-flowering tulips (spring), Dianthus, Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath), Cimicifuga (snakeroot), Freesia, Peonies, Roses, Apple blossoms, Cherry blossoms, Plum blossoms, Mayday, Wolf willow, Mock orange

Spicy Fragrances • Freesia, Stocks, Roses, Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Bay

Hole's Guide To Mother's Day Gifts

Looking for that perfect Mother's Day gift? Look no further! Hole's has all the products you need to show Mom you care & to help her get into the garden!

Hanging Baskets

Pick up one of our famous hanging baskets for Mom and brighten up your yard, balcony or patio. Online ordering and scheduled delivery available!

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Floral Arrangements

The Floral Studio at Hole's has been hard at work creating an abundance of beautiful bouquets specifically for Mother's Day. Available in a variety of sizes, choose from our Canada 150 theme or Garden theme.

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Hummingbird Feeders

Pick up a hummingbird feeder for Mom and receive a FREE bag of nectar concentrate hummingbird food. A great way to decorate your yard and enjoy the wildlife all at once. With a variety of designs and colours to choose from, you can't go wrong with this gift!

Vicki Sawyer Gift Boxed Mugs

With beautiful graphics, and chip resistant porcelain, get creative with how you use them!

Brier Gardening Products

Hole's carries a wide range of Brier's beautiful kneelers, kneepads, boots and hand tools, offering attractive and practical products to get gardening tasks done in style.


LAFCO Candles & Diffusers

LAFCO products use natural essential oil based fragrances and blown art glass vessels, complimenting any space and creating the perfect ambiance.

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LOVEBLOOM Blooming Tea

A masterpiece of hand-crafted blooming tea. Enjoy a gathering of fresh springtime tea in a heart-shaped tea. Let the heart sink within your teapot and attend the spectacle love has prepared for you.


Canada 150 Gloves

Celebrate Mom and Canada's 150th Birthday with these Hole's exclusive gardening gloves. Available in a variety of sizes, these red and white gloves are the best way to show your Canadian pride this spring. 

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Kitras Art Glass

Give the gift of inspiration with these unique glass ornaments. Like trees in a forest, no two are alike. Each ornament has a special hang tag story with a sentiment for each theme. All ornaments come ready to give in a gift box.

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Home Decor

Add character to your home with any of our home decor pieces. Put a smile on Mom's face with one of these cheerful welcome signs.


Everygreen Gazing Balls

Gazing balls make a unique sculptural accent for patios and gardens. They date back to 13th century Italy, and are historically thought to bring good luck. They're one of our most popular garden décor items.

DRAMM Watering Cans

Picking up a plant for Mom? Complete the gift with a DRAMM watering can! Available in a variety of sizes and colours, she'll be sure to appreciate the thoughtful gift.

Click here to order a colourful 2L DRAMM watering can for Mom.

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Faux Succulent Arrangements

Realistic and modern, these beautiful arrangements have been designed to add tranquility and bohemian flare to any space. Featuring high quality artificial succulents they are ideal for your home or office.

NEW: Terrarium Workshop!

Friday, June 30th, 2-3PM in the Floral Studio

Interested in starting a terrarium? Looking for a fun activity to do with a friend or family member? Love crafting? You're in luck! The Floral Studio at Hole's is offering a Terrarium Workshop Friday, June 30th from 2-3pm. Let our experts guide you through the proper terrarium building techniques, providing tips and tricks to ensure your terrarium will remain healthy and long-lasting. Everything you need to start a terrarium is included in this workshop, so you're guaranteed to leave the studio with a terrarium you can show off!

  • $79/person
  • All workshop supplies included

Spots are limited, so book today! Call 780-419-6800 (9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday) to reserve your spot.