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14 of the Best Fragrant Flowers to Grow for a Sweet-Scented Garden

Scented flowers and fragrant blooms are some of the greatest pleasures of gardening. Here are a few of my favorites.

This article will break down 14 of my favorite plants with wonderful, sweet-smelling flowers.

This article will break down 14 of my favorite plants with wonderful, sweet-smelling flowers.

Fragrant Flowers and Their Names

What could be more lovely than a flower's gentle scent guiding your sense of smell! Scented flowers and fragrant blooms are some of the greatest pleasures of gardening. They release a wonderful smell into the breeze that can be just so soothing to the senses.

We have two fragrant flowering plants on our patio: the jasmine I got from Wal-Mart a couple of years ago and the night-blooming jasmine that I received from my uncle that has been flowering for years now.

But what other sweet or fragrant flowering plants are your choices if you're not into these two? Here's a small list of sweet-scented flowering plants—along with plenty of photos to feast your eyes on—for you to consider adding to your garden.

14 Plants That Produce Lovely, Sweet-Smelling Flowers

  1. Honeysuckle
  2. Plumeria
  3. Night-Blooming Jasmine
  4. Ylang-Ylang
  5. Spanish Jasmine
  6. Fragrant Columbine
  7. Sampaguita
  8. Moonflower
  9. Mock Orange Flower
  10. Jasmine Tobacco
  11. Bluebell
  12. Evening Primrose
  13. Chinese Wisteria
  14. Lavender

1. Honeysuckle

Binomial Name: Lonicera periclymenum

Common Names: Woodbine, common honeysuckle, European honeysuckle

Description: Honeysuckle can either be a vine or a shrub. It can grow as high as 10 meters, and it's loved by hummingbirds. It is also used in alternative medicine, as it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. (No wonder I've seen it as one of the ingredients on my Breathe Easy tea.)

This scented yellow flower symbolizes love, where the fragrance is said to be a dream-inducer about love.

Care: Grow in full sun or a partially shaded area, ideally with a trellis or other support structure if you plan on growing it as a climbing vine.

Water frequently after planting and keep the soil evenly moist. However, once it has established itself, you'll only have to water it during long summer droughts.

2. Plumeria

Binomial Name: Plumeria acuminata

Common Names: Plumeria, frangipani, lei flowers, calachuchi/kalachuchi

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Description: Named after botanist Charles Plumier, these beautiful, five-petaled flowers are grown as an ornamental plant reaching up to 20 feet tall. They are a common tree in the Philippines, where they are known as calachuchi or kalachuchi.

Plumeria's scent comes on strong at night, inviting the sphinx moths—as these plants are nectarless beauties. The buds appear to be pinkish in color, but they turn white with a spray of yellow on the base once in complete bloom.

However, exercise caution when handling the plant as the sap can irritate the skin.

Care: Since it is a plant native to tropical locations, plumeria requires at least six hours of full sun a day and does not like to be in the cold. It should be planted in well-draining, slightly acidic soil. (If you live in a colder climate, you might want to try growing it in a container with perlite and sand.)