Top 10 plants for fragrance

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There are few things in life more pleasurable than the scent of flowers. As you plan your garden for the coming season, be sure to include some of these incredibly fragrant flowering plants in your landscape. Most are easy to start from seed, or by purchasing transplants or bulbs from your local garden center. Here are Savvy Gardening’s Top 10 Plants for Fragrance:

1. Oriental lilies

2. Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana species)

3. Daphne

4. Heliotrope (see main photo)

5. Angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia)

6. Lily of the valley

7. Korean spicebush

8. Jimson weed (Datura)

9. Tuberose

10. Lilac

What are your favorite fragrant flowers? 

nicotiana

Nicotiana, or flowering tobacco, emits a sweet fragrance in the evening. They are easy to start from seed and are reliable self-sowers.

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8 Responses to Top 10 plants for fragrance

  1. fcannon says:

    Perhaps because they’re frequently in bloom, in our area, on my birthday (May 7), lilacs have always been one of my favorite scented flowers. I have a big bush behind my garage that I’ve woefully neglected for several years. May have to do something about that this year after the bloom has passed.

  2. My #1 has always been sweet peas! I give up valuable veggie garden space just so I can have at least one row of sweet peas for summer bouquets.

  3. Claire says:

    My favorite is lily of the valley.

  4. Dave Belt says:

    My favourite fragrant shrubs are mock orange (a.k.a. “Philadelphus”) and of course lavender. 🙂

  5. Laurel Hounslow says:

    Can’t be without 1. sweet peas! Trying a salmon pink variety this year sent me by a sweet Twitter friend. They evoke my mother and grandmother and bloom prolifically all summer as ling as you keep picking them to fill your house with fragrance. 2. Wild rose. Our provincial flower. Nothing smells as sweet in their brief season but the rose hips are wonderful too. 3. My Morden roses, necessary to have roses bred for our chilly and short season zone but they are lovely and survive harsh winters.

  6. Mary Brady says:

    Some of my favorites are lilacs (syringias), buddlia old fashioned (hardier), Cimicufuga, Astilbe, Linden, Tall Phlox (paniculata), roses, Dianthus, to name a few more.

  7. Sharon Richardson says:

    I have quite a few favorites, but I think lilacs are all time favorites.

  8. Yvon Loiselle says:

    Nothing compares to the strong, buttery lilac pepper smell of Evening Scented Stock. Keep in mind that they’re an annual (though they might te-seed and come up the following year). Also, they turn on their scent releases after the sun has set. Unforgettably beautiful scent.

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