Also known as a Banana Shrub, this evergreen shrub has blooms that smell identical to a banana. Originally from China, the Banana Shrub was brought to the United Stated in the 1700's. It is considered a classic Old South shrub. It is in the magnolia family, though the blooms are much, much smaller than the Magnolia grandiflora you typically see in the South. Illicium floridanum Also known as a Florida Anise. This shrub is native to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia & Florida. It is a protected species in Florida, even though it is sold at nurseries there. It reaches up to 10 feet in height and has these beautiful star, cluster shaped blooms. It is fragrant, though some may find the smell a bit much....I actually like it.
La marne is a very old Polyantha rose. It does not have many thorns, and is very resistant to fungal diseases. It has small blooms, and flowers repeatedly. It also has a nice fragrance.