If you are looking for perennial plants that give your garden more fragrance and more beauty, you are in the right place. This list of beautiful plants with the most fragrant flowers will have your yard smelling heavenly in no time. There is nothing like walking out the door and being surrounded by a sweet floral fragrance, right? In addition, they will give you a green environment and be closer to nature. Enjoying beautiful flowers every day will help you relax after stressful working hours. So, it’s time to check them out with us!
There are a lot of fairly easy-to-grow plants that have fragrant flowers such as gardenia, honeysuckle, roses, and peonies,… Let’s plant one or two of them outside your door or along your walkway to make the most of their scent. Moreover, these are all plants that come back year after year, you only need to plant them once, and you can enjoy them for many years to come. Here we go!
Gardenias have pretty ivory white fragrant flowers that fill the air with their perfume. They look good in the winter, and they like humid weather.
Honeysuckle is a vine with beautifully scented flowers that can easily be grown over an arbor, trellis, or fence. It is very easy to grow. Regular pruning will keep it the size you want it. Notice that stay away from planting Japanese honeysuckle. It grows very fast and is a very invasive plant. Once it gets established, it is very hard to get rid of.
Roses are one of the most beautiful fragrant flowers. They also have a reputation for being hard to grow. A lot of roses are susceptible to diseases like Black Spot and Mildew, which (in most cases) doesn’t kill the plant but does make them look pretty sickly by the end of the summer.
Peonies are a favorite of many gardeners because of their big beautiful blooms…but some varieties also have beautiful scents to go with the blooms! Peonies can take a couple of years to get established, but once they have, they really don’t require much maintenance at all.
Lavender is a member of the herb family with beautiful silver or grey-green foliage and blue, purple, pink, or white flowers. Being a herb, it is fairly drought tolerant and produces more scent if it is not fertilized. To keep it growing well, prune lavender immediately after flowering,
Hyacinths are a bulb that is planted in the fall, bloom in the spring and comes in a variety of colors. They have a sweet, lingering scent and look great planted in masses in the garden.
Lilacs are another traditional plant that everyone associates with their beautiful smell. Their beautiful fragrant flowers grow on old wood so if you are going to prune them, it needs to be done right after they have finished blooming…otherwise you are probably cutting off next year’s blooms. Another benefit of lilacs is that they are a favorite plant of hummingbirds and butterflies.
Fragrant Jasmine is generally a vine that grows in warmer climates, may have evergreen leaves, and has a beautiful sweet smell. It grows quite tall so is better suited for an arbor than a trellis…which also gives you the benefit of being able to walk through the scented flowers! Most varieties need some pruning to keep them tidy, but other than that is very easy to maintain.
#9 Mock Orange (Philadelphus)
This plant is a bush that produces fragrant white flowers in the summer. It is drought tolerant and pest free, making it a very easy plant to maintain in your garden!
Daphnes are small bushes with white or pink flowers and have a very strong scent in the spring that fills the air. They can be a little finicky to grow…keeping them well watered, applying a generous layer of mulch in the spring, and pruning out the old wood once a year will help keep them alive and well.