Top 12 Best Smelling Flowers to Plant in Your Garden (According to Garden Experts)

Most of us are so engaged with appreciating the flowers that we forget to take a breath and enjoy the scent.

Here are 12 of the most fragrant flowers to get you started, according to our garden experts. Some of them are:

  1. Lavender
  2. Ylang Ylang
  3. Peony
  4. Arabian Jasmine
  5. Gardenia

Read our article to find out more!

Jack Miller from How I Get Rid Of


This one’s an all-time classic that never gets old. The scent alone would make anyone want to curl up in bed or lounge around on a sectional couch. It also enhances a room’s aesthetic value with its distinct purple hue.

How to care for lavenders:

  • Make sure they’re getting enough sunlight. They need at least 6 hours of sun per day, so you‘d want to place them by a south-facing window.
  • Pot them in quick-draining soil. Preferably on rocky-medium consistency.
  • Avoid overwatering.

Ylang Ylang

This one’s a bit exotic as it’s most prominent in parts of Asia and Australia. But this one’s called an aromatic tree, and for a good reason.

How to care for Ylang Ylang:

  • It’s best to start growing this plant indoors. Plant it in a pot with drainage holes and keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Ylang Ylangs thrive with a healthy amount of sunlight, so make sure it faces the south. Humidity also bodes well with this plant.
  • Once-a-month fertilization using balanced bloom fertilizers works best here. The best time would be between late spring and late summer.

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Sweet Alyssum

This plant comes with white or pink flowers. It makes the garden look beautiful, and it also has a sweet smell.

This plant is easy to grow. One just needs to plant in an open area for good light and air.

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This plant comes with many colorful flowers, like black, white, pink, red, purple, and many more. It can make the garden bright, heavenly and it has excellent smells.

This is an annual flower plant, they bloom only a single season, and in autumn, they produce seeds. It is also easy to grow in the garden.

Katie Sims from How To’s Guru

Arabian Jasmine (Jasminium sambac)

This is my favorite flower as it releases a fragrant, sweet, and innocent-like smell in the afternoon. It is typically grown in Southeast Asia and is used as ornaments in religious places.

Because of their lovely fragrance, you can see small kids selling them in the streets. It grows in slightly acidic soil with a good drainage system.

It loves being under the sun, so I suggest planting it in pots so you can take it outside during the summer season.


This flower does smell not only pleasing but also looks good. They come in different colors, from purple, yellow, to white.

The smell resembles that of a newly harvested sweet fruit. What’s good about them is that they can tolerate winter seasons but will thrive much better when placed near the windows to get just enough sunlight.

Ryan Smith from Ant & Garden Pest Control


Evident in its name alone, honeysuckle is a favorite of bees due to its unique aroma and sweet nectar.

Because this perennial vine loves to climb, it is ideal for planting it in a spacious area beside a fence, tree, or wall. Honeysuckle prefers full sun and can even tolerate drought once established. Many of its varieties bloom in spring through summer.

The flowers of a honeysuckle plant are edible, and they are also known to possess healing properties—it is used as a laxative, treats nausea, and reduces inflammation. However, the English honeysuckle can be toxic to dogs and cats.

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Gardenia flowers emit a fragrance that is as beautiful as how they look. Its aroma is described to be ‘creamy’ and leans toward a scent loved by ladies. It stands out and is fascinating, as it can change throughout the day.

This shrub loves damp, well-draining soil and is very sensitive to cold, leading to death during harsh winters. This is why it is ideal for planting gardenias in spring or fall or growing them indoors during winter.

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Southern Magnolia

It is an evergreen flower; however, it takes a lot of time to grow. My magnolia took 9 years to bloom completely, but the wait was worth it.

Just make sure to plant your tree in well-draining, rich soil in full-sun spots. Also, leave them plenty of room to grow as they can grow up to 40 feet wide!

Ronnie Collins from Electro Garden Tools


These annual (perennial in frost-free regions) delicate star-shaped flowers can bloom the whole summer long and fill your garden with a sweet floral aroma.

This plant is a close relative of tobacco and smells the strongest at night, so I recommend planting it near the bedroom windows, around the patio, or a moon garden.

The natural palette of colors includes white, yellow, creamy, red, pink, and lime green. The soil has to be well-drained and moist, but full sun exposure is allowed anyway.


This plant has a unique trait. It smells different to everyone. Some say it’s like vanilla, others think it’s like grape, and others say it smells like a cherry pie.

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You can grow white, purple, or blue Heliotrope in well-drained soil and full sun (partial shade in the evening).

Don’t forget to add a high-quality organic fertilizer if you grow the plant from seeds and add some bloom booster when you see the first buds.

Patrizia Pisani from Vionix Studio


It is a perennial plant that comes in many bright, beautiful colors. It sports fragrant flowers that bloom in spring and last for about 2 weeks.

These flowers grow so large, and they may require support to avoid flopping.


Above are the most fragrant flowers recommended by experts. They’re popular not only because they have the greatest scent but also because they’re the most attractive flowers to utilize in your yard.

We hope you find this collection to be informative. Thanks for reading, and see you in our next articles!

Top 12 Best Smelling Flowers to Plant in Your Garden (According to Garden Experts)
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Jill Sandy

I am a sustainable focus gardener. I love decorating my home backyard with beautiful landscape design and creative garden care techniques I develop myself.

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