Fragrant Flowers List Lilac

Grow These 10 Fragrant Flowers For a Heavenly Smelling Garden

The garden experience can reach all of the senses, but my favorite is aroma. Among hosts of other pleasant garden scents, some of the first to come to mind are those of flowers. The thing is, not all flowers offer a scent. If you are gardening just for the smell of it, here are my top ten wonderfully scented flowers.10 gorgeous fragrant flowers for your garden that smell heavenly

This purple beauty has an almond scent. Some even say it smells like cherry pie! Heliotrope is an annual that prefers full sun, but will tolerate afternoon shade if grown in an area with hot summers. They bloom from summer until fall and add a beautiful pop of color and fragrance mixed in an annual garden.Fragrant Flowers List heliotropeSweet Alyssum
These delicate tiny flowers have a subtle, sweet scent. They are a cheery plant and really do not need much to remain happy. Give them well-drained soil and a bright location and they will reward you with a carpet of natural perfume all summer long.Fragrant Flowers List Sweet Alyssum

They might be a grocery store bouquet staple, but these hardy flowers have a pleasant, spicy, clove-like scent. They hold up well as cut flowers which are why they are favorites of florists. They’re available in white, pink, purple, yellow and red. You can grow this annual from seed in the spring to summer in a well-drained, sunny spot in your garden. They will give you plenty of continuous blooms all season long.Fragrant Flowers List StockScented Geranium
Although these beauties are known for their attractive blooms, it’s the leaves of scented geranium that give them their famous aroma.The plants have glands at the base of their leaf hairs where the scent is formed. When you crush the leaves, the oil is released and so is the scent. Some say the scent (depending on the variety) smells like apricot, apple, lemon, mint, or strawberry. Scented Geranium like full sun to partial shade and bloom from late spring into summer.

Fragrant Flowers List Scented Geranium


This is perhaps the most popular herb grown for its fragrant flowers. Lavender is by far one of the most used scents in essential oils for its relaxing and calming properties. Lavender’s tall blue blooms and heavenly scent make it perfect to plant along walkways or in perennial gardens. They love full sun and well-drained soil. In humid areas with poor soil drainage, plant lavender in containers.Fragrant Flowers List Lavender

Lily of the Valley
For many, these dainty bell flowers are the quintessential scent of spring. The spring bulb has a clean, sweet smell that is as delicate as its flowers. Plant lily of the valley in late fall in partial shade and a moist soil. The bulbs naturalize an area pretty easily and can be invasive, so take that in mind before you put them in the ground. Alternatively, they grow beautifully in containers as long as they receive the right light and adequate moisture. Also, please note that lily of the valley is poisonous and should be kept out of gardens with children and pets. Fragrant Flowers List Lily of the ValleyHyacinth
Skip the tulips and plant hyacinths to give you beauty and fragrance. These bulbs have densely packed flowers in deep shades of blue, violet, red, white, orange, pink, or yellow. Each color will have its own light floral scent. Plant the bulbs in Autumn in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade under a window or near a walkway. In the spring, you will be rewarded with lovely blooms with an intoxicating scent in the warm spring breeze.Fragrant Flowers List Hyacinth

This lovely shrub is a southern favorite. I am aware that not all areas can grow these beauties outdoors since they are cold sensitive and may not survive severe winters. However, gardenias can be grown in containers and brought indoors for the winter. Are they worth all the fuss? If you have never smelled one, I assure you that you will fall in love with its warm, spicy scent. And they are sure pretty! Plant Gardenias in partial shade if you live in zones 7-11. They also prefer moist but well-drained acidic soil with plenty of organic matter.Fragrant Flowers List Gardenia

You can not have a fragrant garden without a rose! There is a common misconception that the scent has been “bred out” of roses. While it’s true that many roses were bred for form and color alone, there has been a resurgence in interest in scented rose varieties that has led to a better availability in most garden centers. The smells can be anise-like, musky, or fruity, depending on the variety. Roses come in many colors and growth habits; there’s one to fit in every garden. Roses love the sun (at least 6 hours a day) and rich, well-drained soil.Fragrant Flowers List Rose

Sweet smelling lilacs are popular shrubs in gardens due to their heavenly aroma and growing ease. They come in several colors, but purple and white are the most popular. Lilacs are hardy shrubs, easy to grow, and generally low maintenance. The fragrant flowers make great cut flowers and attract butterflies. Plant lilacs in full sun in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil.Fragrant Flowers List Lilac

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About the Author : Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. In her free time (when there is such a thing), she is in the garden or hidden away reading the latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama! As interests, Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and is a co-author and photographer behind the garden blog, The Prudent Garden; a collection of tips, crafts, and articles that highlight home gardening.

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  1. Melinda
    MelindaAugust 13,16

    The picture you have posted is not a scented geranium – it is Pelagonium, which is commonly sold under the name “geranium.”

  2. Kim Smith
    Kim SmithAugust 14,16

    I love scents in the garden, and it is so wonderful to walk through in the morning and get that wonderful scent and then look around to figure out where it is coming from. Love it!

  3. Tana Mason
    Tana MasonAugust 18,16

    My favorite part of the day is to be able to go out in my garden and smell all the lovely scents. Please come on over and share your awesome stuff at our blog hop we have Wed- Sun

  4. Grammy
    GrammyAugust 18,16

    Love the scent of lavender and lilac :)

  5. Nicole
    NicoleAugust 24,16

    I love flowers with fragrance in my garden! Gardenias are so pretty, I wish they would grow in my area. Thank you for sharing your garden favorites with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  6. Stacey Keeling
    Stacey KeelingAugust 24,16

    This is a fantastic list! Sharing on Facebook and pinning to remind myself to plant more of these at our new house. You’ve shared some of my favorites. :)

  7. Pat
    PatAugust 26,16

    I love sweet smelling flowers. I grow lavender in my garden and some herbs for that reason. I must try the heliotrope next year!

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