To create sweet-scented potpourri, herb gardener Faith Newman suggests planting various easy-to-grow, aromatic herb varieties.
Then, Newman, of Holton Kan., says in Midwest Living magazine, dry and combine their leaves and-or blossoms.
Rose geranium--Use leaves only (also tasty in apple jelly or cakes and refreshing in baths).
Lavender--Leaves only (steeped in boiling water, they make a wonderful hair rinse as well).
Floribunda roses--Whole rosebuds (don't spray the rosebushes with chemicals if they are to be added to the potpourri).
Sweet Annie--Leaves, which smell like fresh hay, are a good choice for a potpourri filler.
Lemon thyme--Leaves only (when fresh, they're also great in teas and to dress up summer salads).
Lemon or cinnamon basil--Seedpods and leaves (also grows easily in pots indoors).
Bee Balm--Leaves and rose-colored flowers add color as well as fragrance (popular in teas).
Sage--Seedpods, blossoms and leaves of any sage variety work well.