I am very passionate about studying plants and flowers. I love to garden in my free time.
Here is a list of the most fragrant flowers from around the world. They include some of the best fragrant types for containers, indoors, or gardens, especially for summer gardens. Many of these exotics not only add colors and life to your garden, but they also come with a nice scent that can refresh your mind.
Grow them in your garden to enjoy the refreshing fragrance every day; use them to decorate the vase in your bedroom or living room to fill the house with a nice aroma which relaxes you throughout the day.
I know that some people do not like strong fragrance; maybe they are allergic or they just can't stand that much smell. But if you are like me who loves the fresh scent of beautiful flowers, read on to discover the best.
Scented Flowers That Smell Good: A List of the 10 Most Fragrant and Aromatic Flowers
- Plumeria or Hawaiian Frangipani
- Parijat: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
- Gandharaj: Gardenia
- Nishagandhi: Epiphyllum oxypetalum
- White Butterfly Gingers: Hedychium coronarium
- Tuberoses: Polianthes tuberosa
- Nandyarvattam or Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore Pleno'
Jasmine is one of the most popular fragrant flowers from the tropical regions, popular throughout the world. It comes in over 200 varieties, including hybrids. The blossoms are usually small, night-blooming, and have great fragrance. Jasmine is particularly popular in many Asian countries. In India, it is considered sacred and usually used to make decorative garlands for weddings and other ceremonies.
Please note that there are some rare varieties of hybrid jasmine that are not fragrant.
Jasmine tea is a very popular tea from ancient China, which has a very nice scent that can relax and refresh you with an instant calming effect.
2. Plumeria or Hawaiian Frangipani
They come in different colours and varieties. The fragrance of plumeria is one of the best, loved by mostly everyone. The perfumes scented with the frangipani is very popular and you can also find essential oils made of fresh plumerias.
Please note that there are certain beautiful, hybrid varieties of plumerias that are not fragrant, but the most popular ones are those with the high fragrance.
The flowers are beautiful by their own, and they are commonly used in Hawaii to make garlands know as leis.
Being one of the most popular flowers in the world, most roses are strongly scented.
We had once grown a rose plant in my parent's home, which had very light baby pink flowers. Whenever the plant flowered, it would fill the entire garden with a strong, refreshing scent. I have never seen it anywhere else, and I do not know that exact name too.
In today's world, you have a great selection when it comes to choosing roses for your garden. Most of them come with nice and refreshing fragrant flowers, which look very beautiful too!
4. Parijat: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
Parijat flowers are much similar to jasmine flowers in appearance. They are small, white flowers with very high and attractive aroma. The unique feature of parijat flowers is that they have bright orange coloured stems which contrast nicely with the white petals. The flowers look somewhat similar to jasmine, and sometimes they are also referred to as night-blooming jasmine flowers.
Parijat trees bloom at night and during the spring season, they are usually full of beautiful, fragrant flowers.
Parijat flowers are considered very sacred.
5. Gandharaj: Gardenia
Gardenia flowers, popularly known as gandharaj flowers in India are especially known for their unique and high fragrance. The word 'gandharaj' can be translated as 'king of fragrances', which tells you how much fragrant the flowers are.
Gardenia flowers are medium-sized, beautiful white flowers produced in evergreen shrubs that are native to tropical and subtropical regions, and they are perfect for ornamental gardens.
6. Nishagandhi: Epiphyllum oxypetalum
The word 'nishagandhi' is Indian and it means the flower that scents at night. Epiphyllum oxypetalum are actually native to America. The plants are cactus species that blooms at night. The flowers are large and unique shaped, with a very large stamen. In India, these flowers are considered sacred, but there is also a myth that says the flowers can attract snakes at night.
However, there is nothing comparable with the pleasant fragrance of this flower along with its unique beauty, so it is also called 'The Queen of Flowers'.
The beautiful white flowers wilt by the morning, retaining the fragrance in the surroundings.
7. White Butterfly Gingers: Hedychium coronarium
The white butterfly ginger flowers look much like beautiful white butterflies. They have shiny and silky petals that look so bright at night. Apart from their beauty, the flowers are very fragrant and they stay fresh in the plants for a couple of days.
I have had these plants in our garden once and I have loved the flowers since I have known them. The flowers have very delicate stems and petals, but they are so pretty and lovely garden flowers. It is very easy to plant them and propagate them, as they naturally propagate from their roots itself.
8. Tuberoses: Polianthes tuberosa
Tuberoses are among the most pretty and fragrant flowers, and they are produced in clusters. The flower clusters include many small, white flowers that have a highly attractive scent. They are perfect for beautiful gardens, and they are used around the world for ornamental flower decorations, including the making of floral garlands.
Tuberose leis are popular in Hawaii, even for weddings and other celebrations. In India also, tuberose garlands are popular for weddings. These flowers are also considered sacred in India.
9. Nandyarvattam or Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore Pleno'
Nandyarvattam, as known in India, has the scientific name Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore Pleno'. I have grown this plant with beautiful white flowers and I love them. The flowers are pure snow-white in color, with very delicate yet silky petals and have great attractive fragrance.
The Tabernaemontana plants are shrubs with evergreen leaves and they have a milky sap. When the plant starts flowering, so many buds will come together resulting in a beautiful looking, fragrant flower for your garden!
It is believed that the petals of Tabernaemontana flowers have medicinal uses. If someone had irritation in their eyes, it was always advised to wash the eyes with the morning dew drops from these flowers and they always had a cooling effect which instantly provided relief. Placing the petals over closed eyelids can also help.
Last but not the least, lavender includes some 39 species of ornamental plants, out of which some plants produce flowers that have great fragrance. The most fragrant ones are hybrid varieties and their leaves and flowers both have really nice scent that can make gardens aromatic. One of the most fragrant lavender species is the hybrid Lavandin lavender.
Fragrant Flowers Bring so Much Joy
The above list of flowers may not be necessarily ordered based on their fragrance because it is difficult to compare the fragrance of flowers as they are all uniquely scented.
What I can assure you is that all these flowers are highly attractive and fragrant, perfect for aromatic ornamental gardens.
Also, this list includes the highly fragrant flowers that I know myself. I may add more to the list as I remember more names or as I get to know more of them.
I am sure there will be more fragrant flowers that can be found in this beautiful world, so if you want to share the names of fragrant flowers that you love, please feel free to share them in the comment section.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
martha on November 14, 2019:
I have found a beautiful smell in petunias. It can only be smelled at dusk, coming from the trumpet. My favorite aroma is tuberose-memories from childhood.
Therese on March 07, 2019:
I love hyacinth, lilac, carnation, Easter lilly and lilly of the valley
Helen on November 05, 2018:
Magnolia are also beautifully perfumed
Amarjeet on October 24, 2018:
Where you can buy tuber roses
Rashmi on February 14, 2018:
it is very helpful.
Patricia Scott..pstraubie48 on January 08, 2018:
O so many beauties...and the arimas are intoxicating. Thank you for sharing. Angels are on the way. ps
VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on March 25, 2015:
Thank you so much to all of you for stopping by and taking time to comment. Much appreciated. I love flowers and fragrant flowers always refreshes me naturally. I am glad you all liked this hub dedicated to the most fragrant flowers :)
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 15, 2015:
Ah, most interesting. I do have to be careful about fragrances, as there are many that set off my hay fever. Milder fragrances are better for me.
Voted up, interesting and useful.
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 15, 2015:
What a wonderful list of flowers, some of which I hadn't heard of. Why go for the fake plug-in smells when you can fill you house with freshly cut flowers from your yard or florist like these?
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 15, 2015:
I know the rose and the Tabernaemontana (though not by that name) and I've always loved the scent of lavender. I'd love to experience them all. Thanks for sharing this information is such pleasant reading.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 14, 2015:
This is a lovely hub. All the flowers that you've described sound delightful! Many of the flowers are new to me. Thank you for sharing the information.
Mackenzie Sage Wright on March 14, 2015:
Great list. My favorites are wisteria and lavender. My hubby used to work at a company and I used to pick him up, they had a huge hedge of jasmine. I would love just sitting there in the car, radio on, parked near the bush, watching the twilight come, inhaling the heady scent.
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on March 14, 2015:
Most of these flowers, except for roses and lavender, don't grow where I live, but I love being reminded of them. I can smell them even as I read!
Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 14, 2015:
Oh, I love jasmine, lavender, roses and gardenias, which are most intoxicating! You have presented some new ones here unfamiliar to me.
Thank you for this beautiful fragrant list!
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Fay Favored from USA on March 14, 2015:
You have picked so many of my favorites. Sure miss the smell of Plumeria. I have to replace my Lavender ... the winter got it. On the positive side, my Jasmine has done well over the winter living in my shed.
Claudia Mitchell on March 14, 2015:
What a beautiful hub. I love Jasmine, unfortunately I don't see or smell it at all where I live.