19 Most Fragrant Flowers for a Colorful Scented GardenPublished: 21/04/2023 | Updated: 09/09/2023
It’s no secret that flowers are beautiful, but the best-smelling flowers can also make your garden feel like a paradise.
While all flowers have a distinct scent, some are more fragrant than others. The best-smelling flowers can fill your yard with a sweet aroma that will make you feel like you’re in an enchanted garden.
Here are 19 of ShrubHub's favorite fragrant flowers for a colorful, scented garden:
Roses are one of the most beautiful and fragrant plants, and they come in a wide range of colors and scents.
Roses are also easy to grow, making them a good choice for beginners.
They're popular in gardens because they can be propagated from cuttings or through budding (which is where you take a branch off the parent plant).
Gardenias are tropical plants with wonderful fragrances so they live in warmer climates, so you'll need to grow them in containers if you live in a colder climate.
They're fragrant and sweet-smelling flowers that come in shades of white, pink, and yellow.
3. Arabian Jasmine
Jasmine is a climbing vine that produces white or greenish-yellow flowers, which are very fragrant and showy.
The jasmine flower grows on woody stems and has an oval shape with five petals. It can grow up to 15 feet tall in your garden if you allow it to climb onto other plants or trees for support.
Jasmine flowering plants prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade if necessary (just keep them away from the hot afternoon sun).
Arborvitae is a coniferous plant that can grow to be as tall as 15 feet. It has dark green leaves and produces dense clusters of small white flowers in early summer.
Arborvitae has a strong aromatic scent and can be used to create an attractive hedge or border around your yard.
Frangipani is a tropical tree with fragrant white, yellow, and pink flowers. The fragrant flower has been used in perfume-making for centuries.
It's also good for cut flowers and dried flowers because they will last for years if you take care of them properly.
The frangipani tree grows to be about 20 feet tall but can be pruned regularly to keep it shorter if you want to keep it indoors as well as outdoors in your garden or yard.
6. Sweet Alyssum
Sweet alyssum is a low-growing annual that attracts butterflies and bees with its sweet fragrance.
It can be grown in containers, which makes it an excellent choice for those with limited outdoor space too.
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is commonly known as Sweet Lobelia or Sweet Rocket Lettuce.
The plant grows to about 8 inches tall and has small white flowers that bloom from April through June.
It prefers full sun but will tolerate partial sun to part shade conditions well--though it will bloom best in full sun locations!
7. Tobacco Flower
Flowering tobacco is a very fragrant, spring-blooming plant. The flowers are white and resemble lilacs with their sweet fragrance. They bloom in clusters on tall stalks that grow 8 to 10 feet tall.
Tobacco flowers prefer moist soil but can tolerate dry conditions or acidic soil as well as full sun or partial shade.
Heliotrope is a beautiful plant that adds color and natural fragrance to your garden. They are easy to grow and will bloom year after year if cared for properly.
Heliotrope’s fragrant flowers are used in perfumes, soaps, and potpourri. It has also been used in gardens for centuries as an ornamental plant due to its fragrant, showy flowers.
They come in a variety of colors including pink, mock orange, white and purple-blue.
9. Sweet Peas
Sweet peas are sweet-smelling flowers that can be grown in hanging baskets, containers, or on the ground. They are climbing plants and need to be supported by some sort of trellis or netting.
Sweet peas should be planted from seeds indoors in March or April. Once the weather has warmed up enough for them to grow outside you can transplant them into their permanent location.
They do best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade if needed (just not too much part shade!).
They also like moist, rich soil, so make sure your soil is well-drained before planting your sweet pea seeds!
10. Shasta Daisy
Shasta daisies are a great choice for a sunny spot in the garden. They're easy to grow, hardy, and bloom from June until frost. They're drought tolerant, so they will do well in dry conditions.
If you want to plant more than one variety of flowers in a rock garden, consider planting them together as companion plants, blue flowers that work well together or next to each other in your yard or garden.
Lavender is a fragrant herb that has been used in cooking, medicine, and perfume. The plant is native to the Mediterranean and has small purple flowers which bloom throughout summer and into fall.
Lavender is drought tolerant and easy to grow, making it a popular garden plant because of its long blooming season (and gorgeous purple color!).
Lavenders have many uses beyond their sweet floral scent alone:
They can be used as an insect repellent or skin treatment.
Dried lavender leaves are used for potpourri.
Fresh or dried lavender buds make an attractive addition to baked goods like cookies or cakes.
Even the stems have been featured in floral arrangements!
Wisteria sinensis is a beautiful flowering vine that's hardy and easy to grow. It grows well in partial sun or shade, and it can be used as an ornamental plant for fences and arbors or trained-up trees.
Wisteria blooms in late spring or early summer with fragrant clusters of lavender-blue flowers that dangle from its branches like puffy clouds.
Phlox are native to the US and bloom in many colors. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade, and they can be propagated by division, root cuttings, and seed.
Phlox is also good for attracting butterflies to your flower garden!
14. Clove Pinks
Clove pinks are a great choice for your garden. These fragrant flowers are easy to grow and care for, so you can enjoy them all in your garden all season long.
The beautiful pink blooms have a sweet scent that will fill your yard with fragrance every time they bloom!
Clove pinks are easy to grow. They only need full sun or partial shade, well-drained soil, and regular watering during the summer months.
Lupines are one of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers you can grow. Lupines come in many different colors, sizes, and shapes, making them a great choice for flower arrangements throughout the garden.
They are easy to grow and long blooming; they attract bees and butterflies with lovely scents from their sweet-smelling blossoms.
Daylilies are a popular choice for gardens. These plants come in many colors and sizes. You can plant daylilies in the spring or early fall, and they'll bloom for several weeks!
They're also great as container plants because they're easy to maintain--just keep them watered and fertilized every couple of weeks during their growing season (which lasts from early summer through fall).
17. French Marigolds
Marigolds are easy to grow and come in many colors. They're often planted with vegetables because they repel pests like tomato hornworms.
Marigolds also attract many kinds of pollinators, like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
18. Garden Pinks
Pinks are a great choice for a fragrant garden center because of their sweet smell. They're easy to grow, can be planted in most climates, and require little maintenance.
There are many varieties available in a wide range of colors and sizes--from tiny blooms on small bushes to large shrubs with deep pink flowers that smell like honey!
19. Red Balsam
Red balsam is a native plant that grows in the eastern United States. It is a perennial and can bloom from late spring to fall, depending on its location.
The flowers are sweet smelling and bloom in clusters at the top of stems that grow up to 2 feet tall.
This flower thrives in full sun but will tolerate partial shade as well. Red balsam is hardy to zone 3 and does well during droughts because it has deep roots that reach down into the soil for water when needed.
Why Scented Plants?
Scented plants do a lot more than just look beautiful in your yard. They can also help to repel pests, like mosquitoes and ants.
Many people use scented plants as a natural way to keep pests away from their gardens without the use of chemicals or pesticides.
When it comes to planting flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, most people think of nectar-rich species like coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii).
Don't Forget to Plant These Fragrant Plants in a Moist Well Drained Soil!
If you're looking for a way to add color and fragrance to your garden, consider these 18 most fragrant flowers. They can be planted in almost any climate and will give you years of enjoyment as they grow and bloom throughout the seasons.
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