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The Best Plants for a Fragrant Yard


Plants for a Fragrant Yard

If you walk through a properly-planted garden, all of your senses should be awakened: see the colorful flowers, feel the luscious shrubbery, hear the buzzing or chirping of crickets in the garden, and smell the aroma of a range of different flowers. Creating a fragrant yard is an easy task, especially if you know the right plants for the job. Here are some of the choices to consider when selecting plants for a beautiful and fragrant yard.

white gardenia bloom


This is one of the popular and well-loved fragrances in a garden that also brings in a pop of color. Note that, gardenias are best-suited for warm weather. Therefore, you can only grow them in moderate climates and cannot bring them indoors if it becomes cold outside. When growing gardenias, the soil should be partially moist but well-drained, and the flower should be placed partially in the shade.


Dianthus plants come in over 300 varieties such as carnations, pinks, and Sweet William. Many of the varieties have flowers with a fragrant and spicy scent, quite similar to those produced by cinnamon and clove. Most of the varieties of the plant have red, pink or white flowers where the petals are notched. They should be planted in areas with properly drained soil and in full sun.


Sweet Autumn Clematis

These plants are a hardy climber plant that grows quickly and sports deep green leaves with star-shaped, white and fragrant flowers. Also, it is a plant that is incredibly easy to grow. However, it can be quite invasive, and thus requires regular pruning. It should be grown in moist but the properly-drained soil in full sun for best results.


The plant comes in 67 species—either pink, white, red, or pastel in color. Whichever one you choose, you can count on the fact that your garden will be full of a sweet, strong fragrance. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and the scent is strongest in the evening or at night. Consider growing these plants on your patio or anywhere you can readily enjoy their scent during the evening hours. They are mostly grown in partial shade or full sun, with soil that is moist but with proper drainage.


Oriental Lily

Oriental lily plants have beautiful flowers with speckles that produce a powerful scent. The plant can reach a height of up to six feet, with flowers in different shades such as yellow, pink and white. They bloom in the late summer, especially when other bulbs have finished blooming. They grow perfectly in well-drained soil with proper sunlight for about six to eight hours a day.


Calendula produces both beautiful and edible flowers. Besides being easy to maintain, it is quite popular in gardens because it offers therapeutic benefits. The plants bloom through the entire growing season with fragrant leaves. The flowers produce a resin-like aroma that’s very sweet, unlike many other fragrant flowers in different gardens. Although the plant prefers growing in full sun, it can prosper in light shade in warmer areas.

lavender field


The lavender plant produces blue-violet flowers with a soothing scent. It is one of the most fragrant flowers that you can add to your garden. The oil extracted from the plant is commonly used in shampoos, soaps, and essential oils used in aromatherapy. It has been identified that when the scent is used aromatically, it produces soothing, calming, and sedative effects on the body and mind. The plant comes in different varieties, so you can choose the right one for your climate for the best results.

Jasminejasmine plant

If you want to create a relaxing and calming backyard, you should definitely consider adding the jasmine plant. It has a sweet smell that has been shown to naturally calm the nerves and is one of the popularly-used ingredients for creating perfumes. The plant comes in over 300 species, with most of them growing in warmer climates. However, there are a few that prefer colder climates. Jasmine has a sweet and musky scent that is especially strong in the evening.



Every fragrant garden can’t forget including roses. There are so many rose varieties to choose from, but all of them are unmistakably beautiful with amazing scents. Some varieties include heritage, honey perfume, fragrant plum, radiant perfume, louise odier, madame plantier, autumn damask, and double delight. Choose a rose variety that would prosper in the environment in a garden for best results.

Scented Geraniumsgeranium

This is a variety of the geranium that doesn’t bloom as often or as impressively. However, it has an amazing scent that would definitely be a great addition to your aromatic garden. Plant these flowers near the hedges, borders, or any seating area in the garden. To release the rich fragrance, the leaves should be brushed or touched frequently. Scented geraniums can release different fragrances such as cinnamon, apricot, lemon, ginger, apple, nutmeg, lemon, strawberry, peppermint or orange. They prosper in climates with a lot of sun, and in different types of soil, but avoid moist areas. Before fall begins, dig up the plants and take them indoors. Also, consider taking cuttings from these plants to grow during the winter.

juniper plantJuniper

Unlike other shrubs, junipers don’t need to be pruned to maintain their shape. Therefore, if you want to create a boundary hedge with little to no maintenance, this should be your first choice. You can use the shrub to attract wildlife to your garden and create a pungent, spicy, and fresh fragrance. These are the best shrubs for wildlife in your garden because they produce food, nesting sites for birds, and shelter for other animals.

Lemon Balmlemon balm

You can use this plant to create a fresh and pleasant scent in your garden. It is part of the mint family of plants and has small white flowers and leaves similar to other plants in its family. Lemon balm is a very low-maintenance plant that grows in either full sun or partial shade in essentially any type of soil, but preferably well-drained soil. The herb can be quite invasive, which can be avoided by removing the flowers once they start spreading. Avoid fertilizing the plant to allow it to maintain its scent.



Chamomile is often used to create soothing herbal teas. However, the plant itself is pleasant to look at and smell. The flowers are small and often resemble daisies, but have yellow centers and white petals. The chamomile herb comes in either German or Roman varieties and prefers growing in cool conditions with partial shade and particularly dry soil. Once it is planted, the herb requires little maintenance because it is drought tolerant and immune to many garden pests.

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