Love of sweet smells tempts children to raid adult gardens as much as does love of color. Almost the first thing a youngster does with a plucked flower is to sniff it. Flowers and fragrance are synonymous to him.
Yet the modern garden is by no means the glorious gathering place for fragrance that the old-fashioned one was. Hybridizers have been breeding new flowers for almost everything but scent. Many lovely flowers have practically no fragrance, and many others are but mildly scented. In a test covering over a thousand flowers only one in twenty was found to be as heavily perfumed as heliotrope, and only one in ten was pleasantly aromatic.
The failure of a child's garden to meet the nose test could prove very disappointing. A whole garden, if desired, could be devoted to fragrance, where anything lacking the gift of perfume is an interloper. If you don't want to go that far, do at least see that olfactory lure is not entirely lacking.