Linden is especially amazing as a natural scent wafting in the air on a gorgeous late spring, early summer day. Linden blossoms grow on trees which I believe are also called Lime trees depending on where you live. Jo Malone's perfume called French Lime Blossom is actually the scent of Linden Blossoms, since I believe the British word is Lime Blossom and not Linden. Not surprisingly, Jo Malone's French Lime Blossom is among my favorite summer perfumes.
Linden, in it's natural state, is such a gorgeous, sweet and ever so slightly green smell. I remember going on a walk many years ago and experiencing this scent for the first time. I was having a picnic under a Linden tree and could not stop commenting on this lovely scent. Luckily I was in a preserved park and the trees were labeled. From that moment on I could recognize a Linden tree and will always always remember it's scent. The tree itself is rather tall and nondescript but with heart shaped green leaves. It's the perfect tree to flank a long driveway or garden trail as it's branches don't normally grow very far out horizontally. The trees tend toward upward growth and stay rather neat like soldiers. I believe there are a large sections of Linden trees in Central Park, NYC as well as London.
This leads me to a idea that I've had for the past several years. Someday I want to have a fragrant garden. A yard that is solely planted for the purpose of beautiful fragrances, timed so each blooming does to compete with one another. In that yard I will have many Linden trees, along with lilacs, magnolia, apple trees, peony, David Austen roses, petunia, violets, pansy, iris, Stargazer lily, butterfly bush, bleeding hearts (though not fragrant, too beautiful to skip), and the list goes on....
So far I only know of two fragrances that focus on Linden as the main act. As mentioned above, Jo Malone's French Lime Blossom, and Provence Sante Tilleul. I like both of these fragrances but would love to know of more. If anyone knows of other Linden fragrances please let me know.