I still have vague recollections of my grandmother’s garden. It greeted us with sweet smelling roses and a variety of different fragrances that loomed all over the house. And every time the wind blew, we could even catch some distinctive aromas while being indoors. Her scented plants were not just limited to the garden.
They were just about everywhere around the property including indoors.
This is perhaps why scientists believe that sense of smell is extremely closely linked to memory! If you are searching for the best smelling flowers to include in your garden, you are at the right place. I have listed out the top ten fragrant flower including some fragrant indoor plants that can change the aroma of your garden and indoor spaces and help create a long-lasting memory for all your visitors.
Top Ten Sweet Smelling Flowers for Your Home
Here is a list of some of the best smelling garden flowers and plants that are a must for any garden:
A highly fragrant flower, the plant comes in over 200 varieties with almost all varieties (excluding some hybrid ones) producing scented flowers. The plant produces small, night blooming white colored flowers that release a pleasant scent making it a top favorite amongst the fragrant plant list.
Jasmine is valued across the world for its scent which is used to make perfumes, essential oils as well as flavored and scented tea. The aroma is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system.
The plant prefers light sun or part shady conditions, and you can happily grow it indoors along with a window which received moderate sunlight. The plant grows both as shrubs and vines and may need some supporting structures around. Give it moderate watering frequency, and fertilization and the plant will fill up your garden and house with its exotic aroma.
Roses come in a large variety, and there are many species to choose from with almost all being highly aromatic with their typical sweet smell. That said, some species of roses are much more fragrant than others. Species like Honey Perfume, Fragrant Plum, Radiant Perfume, Heritage, Fragrant cloud, etc. are some of the most fragrant ones.
The plant grows as a bush, reaching different heights and produces flowers at different times of the year depending on what variety you have. Each variety produces different types and colors of flowers, and there is no limit to the variety that you can obtain in colors and shades when it comes to roses.
The plants thrive well in full sun conditions with regular watering as well as fertilization. Roses are used across the world as an ornamental plant in gardens and for their highly-valued flowers. The flowers are highly demanded for decorative purposes as well as used largely by the perfume industry.
Gardenia is a flower that you cannot miss if you are passing by the plant. The plant is an evergreen ornamental shrub with over 140 accepted species and produces medium-sized, lovely white flowers which are known for their unique and attractive fragrance.
The plant flowers from mid-spring to mid-summer and demands high humid conditions along with well-draining soil. It can also be grown as an indoor variant if placed along a bright sunny window.
While the flowers are used for their exotic fragrance, the fruits are also used in some cultures for their medicinal properties.
The plant which grows as a deciduous shrub or small tree produces beautiful white or cream colored flowers which are a visual treat in any garden.
And once you are through with feasting your eyes, the plant will catch your olfactory system with the wonderful fragrance that is released out of its flowers, especially at night time. The plant releases this peculiar scent at night to attract some night pollinators.
It is a highly valued fragrance by the perfume industry as well as the essential oil industry. Essential oils made out of Plumeria is used for its calming and soothing effects. The fragrant flowers are also used for various decorative purposes like making garlands.
5) Indian Night Jasmine (Parijat):
This is a low growing tree growing up to a height of 33 feet which blooms during the spring season. The plant required full to partial sun along with average watering frequency to thrive well.
The beautiful white fragrant flowers with bright orange stems bloom at night and release a wonderful fragrance all around as they open up. The highly aromatic flowers are used by the perfume industry and are highly used for various sacred religious purposes as well.
The flower is also used to produce a particular yellow dye for the clothing industry. Extracts of the seeds and flowers are also used in the pharmacy industry.
6)Epiphyllum oxypetallum (Nishagandhi):
The Epiphyllum plants belong to cactus species and produce beautifully fragrant white colored flowers which bloom at night and often wilt by the morning leaving the garden with their wonderful lingering aroma. This sweet smelling flower is a must have for every Indian garden that craves for a scented ambiance.
The plant thrives well under full to partial sun and regular watering conditions. It is well suited for growing as a container plant but does need a bright sunny spot on your balcony or garden. It flowers from late spring to late summer and prefers light watering along with well-draining soil.
The flowers find high usage amongst various sacred religious ceremonies and are also highly demanded by the perfume industry for their extremely catchy scent.
7) Tuberoses (Rajnigandha):
Tuberoses are valued across the world for their beautiful white unique flower arrangement as well as the unique fragrance. The small white longish tube-like flowers which are produced in clusters around a common stem have a highly attractive scent.
The plant grows in elongated spikes and reaches a height of around 18 inches and needs full sun to partially shady conditions along with well-draining soil. The plant flowers typically from mid to late summer and there is no escaping the exotic scent in your garden once the flowers bloom.
The flowers are highly valued for their decorative purposes and make up some wonderful bouquet arrangements. They are also valued in various cultures around the globe for sacred purposes and are also highly used by the perfume industry for their rich overwhelming aroma.
8) White butterfly gingers (Dolan Champa):
As the name suggests, the flowers of this plant indeed look like beautiful white butterflies nestled amongst striking green leaves. The shrub can grow up to a height of 3 to 6 feet and produces delicate white flowers with silky textured petals.
The flowers which bloom from late summer to early fall n individual have a lifecycle of a few days before they wilt and release a beautiful aroma while they remain. The plant is best grown in medium or wet well draining soil conditions under full to partial sunlight.
The plant is best grown in containers which can be moved indoors during the peak cold conditions. The flowers are used for religious purposes, making garlands, etc. because of their catchy perfume.
9) Rangoon Creeper (Madhumalti):
Also known as Quisqualis indica or Chinese honeysuckle, this vine roughly grows somewhere between 3-8 metres in height. It produces flowers that bloom in the evening and give very strong enigmatic sweet smell. The colours are generally bright red, pink and sometimes white
If you are looking for good pollinators, this plant can be a good addition. It is best suited for outdoor growing with full sun to partial shade conditions along with regular watering needs.
The plant is used for various herbal treatments and other medicinal purposes apart from its use for decorative ornamental purposes as well as for the fragrance. The seeds of Q. indica is used in the treatment of roundworms. The pieces of the plant is boiled and the decoction is given for cough and cold.
How can one forget lavender when it comes to compiling a list of fragrant flowers. Lavender, a highly valued ornamental plant, comes in over 39 species across the globe . One of the species highly valued for its scent is Lavandin lavender. The leaves, as well as the lavender colored flowers, produce a uniquely attractive aroma which is hard to miss. Lavender being native to Western Mediterranean regions needs good long hours of heat and sunlight to thrive. The plant is a particularly low maintenance one and does well on a low watering frequency.
The plant is widely popular in the perfume industry. It is also valued for the production of essential oils which are highly demanded across the world and used for their calming effects.
The list mentioned above sums up some of the most loved and top fragrant flowering plants in India. Have them in your garden, and you’ll certainly not escape the nostalgic memories that some of them might bring back to you as they do for me.
After all, what’s a garden with just colors and no fragrance? A garden in itself should be able to tickle all your sense organs, right? Grow these wonderful exotically fragrant flowers in your garden and have your guests swooning over the refreshing fragrance all through the day and night.