The root beer tree!
Tiny rare and difficult to cultivate plant that supposedly was the first flower to cheer the pilgrims in New England after their first hard winter.
Our very own native mint! And it is an insect pollinator super-attractor as well.
Crush this plant and you get a refreshing burst of fresh citrus scent that is rather impressive.
Although the berries are edible, you'll be competing with 58 wildlife and 35 bird species to get them!
This deciduous shrub has the strangest loveliest flowers, which are quite fragrant and bloom here in central Virginia in the mid-late spring. Crushing the leaves also gives a spicy scent, hence the alternative name "Carolina Allspice."