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15 Great Fragrant Plants That Will Make Your Garden Smell Amazing Part 1

There are many things to consider when you're planning a garden. What types of flowers would you like a feature? You'll have to consider a host of colors and textures and foliage and decide on just the right mix. And are you more interested in enjoying the best perennial plants and flowers year after year or do you want to enjoy the immediate benefits of the best annuals? You should probably educate yourself on the different kinds of roses and choose a variety or two. And there are those flowers that attract hummingbirds and flowers that attract butterflies. Both kinds of flying beauties will add another layer of lovely to your outdoor space.

Amazing Fragrant Plants
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But a garden is not just about sight, as you well know. "Texture, color, and seasonality are all important concepts, but scent often is overlooked when designing a garden," says Boyce Tankersley, director of living plant documentation at the Chicago Botanic Garden. "Fragrance adds an extra layer of richness to the landscape." Even if you don't have a yard that's acres and acres large, you still can indulge in the luxury of scented plants. Place them where they will be most appreciated—think pots and containers place by your front door, along walkways where you'll brush by them and release their sweetness, or near windows where you can pick up their scents on the breeze.

1 Hyacinth

Mixed Color Hyacinth

As evidenced by this photo, this perennial plant comes in many bright, beautiful colors and does best in USDA Hardiness zones 4-8. The abundant, fragrant flowers bloom in spring and last for about two weeks, and because they are so large, they may require support to avoid flopping.


Hyacinth Delft Blue 17-18cm
Delft Blue: This award-winner sports light blue flowers that tower above bright green stems, source:

hyacinth Pink Surprise Amazon
Pink Surprise: Both the sweet smell and delightful soft pink petals
add much to a garden, 
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2 Magnolia

Southern magnolia flower

There's nothing sweeter than the smell of these large flowers, which bloom in spring and summer, depending on variety. Plant your tree in well-draining, rich soil in full-sun spots. Make sure you give them plenty of room to expand—some can grow up to 40 feet wide.


Southern Magnolia: Con: it's a slow grower (up to 10 years from seed); Pro: it's evergreen

Bigleaf Magnolia: The name says it all—leaves may grow up to 32 inches long

3 Gardenia

Gardenia flower

You get a lot of bang for your buck with this shrub thanks to fragrant flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer and then again in late summer and early fall. Plant in moist, well-draining soil; gardenias thrive in zones 6-11.

4 Wisteria

Great location for Wisteria flower

Make a statement by growing this vining plant on a pergola or lattice wall. Flowers in shades of blue and purple bloom in spring and late summer. Wisteria likes full sun but will grow in part shade; depending on variety, the fragrance can be faint to overpowering.

5 Freesia

Tulips and freesias flower arrangement
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Tubular flowers come in a variety of shades including white, orange, red, blue, yellow, and lavender that bloom in summer. They are winter hardy in zone 9-10, and are known for the sweet, sweet scent they add to your outdoor oasis.

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