Thanks to its sweet scent, gardenia is infused in perfumes all over the world. Gardenia plants can be grown both indoors and out, where their evergreen foliage and white flowers delightfully upgrade any landscape. Available on Amazon; $14.99.
While most varieties of nicotiana are fragrant, the scent of jasmine tobacco is particularly pronounced. The star-shaped flowers on this garden stunner are especially impressive at night, because their aroma grows stronger after dusk. Available on Amazon; $6 for 610 seeds.
This showy flower's large, outward-facing blooms aim toward the sky—thus the name “stargazer.” In addition to its pleasant odor, homeowners love the lily’s strong stalks and pink-spotted flowers that bring vibrancy to gardens and containers alike. Available on Amazon; $14.25 for 12 bulbs.
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The tubular yellow flowers of 'Scentsation' honeysuckle bloom from mid-spring to late summer, when they give way to bright red berries. Consider adorning a trellis with the fragrant plant, or using it as a beautiful yet low-maintenance ground cover. Available at Home Depot; $30.89 for a one-gallon container.
This perennial’s name stems from its tendency to bloom late in the afternoon. Its lemony scent and vibrant color palette bring tropical vibes to any porch, patio, or yard. Available on Amazon; $6.99 for 0.25 lbs of seeds.
With daisy-like flowers and an herbal scent, German chamomile adds a dainty element to any garden—and it provides a supply of homemade tea to boot. To ensure many steaming cuppas, grow the chamomile in well-draining soil with plenty of sunlight. Available on Amazon; $1.99 for 500+ seeds.
'Baby Moon' Daffodil
Considered a miniature daffodil because of its small size, 'Baby Moon' is perhaps the most fragrant plant in the daffodil family. Its golden-yellow flowers bring a sunny touch to any garden or container. Available on Amazon; $33 for 10 bulbs.
Grow this South American flower as an annual, and you’ll enjoy a season of exotic fragrance. The scent has been compared to everything from gardenias to vanilla to buttered popcorn. Available on Amazon; $9.95 for three extra-large bulb clumps.
Though freesia is available in multiple varieties and colors, every flower shares a pleasantly sweet aroma. That's why you’ll find freesia in countless soaps, perfumes, scented oils, and lotions. Available on Amazon; $11.90 for 60 bulbs.
Heliotrope’s distinctive cherry and vanilla scent earned it the nickname “cherry pie plant.” Gardeners will enjoy its attractive green foliage and large clusters of tiny white or purple-hued buds that bloom in the summertime. Available on Amazon; $1.39 for 100 seeds.
Native to the southernmost regions of the United States and Mexico, this daisy-like flower (more formally known as lyreleaf greeneyes) radiates a cocoa smell. You’ll probably notice the scent mid-morning, before the afternoon sunlight causes the petals to close up. Available on Amazon; $6.49 for 50 seeds.
A Scent-sational Garden
A great smelling—and looking—garden doesn't have to be hard work if you use the right plants.
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