Fragrant Options for the Garden

Looking for something sweet? These fragrant plants will be a delightful addition to your garden.
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Here's a look at some super-fragrant options for the garden:

Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata): This native wildflower produces dark-eyed, yellow daisies that exude a rich, chocolate aroma in the morning. Best with minimal water once established. Can reseed. Perennial.

Sunset Hyssop (Agastache rupestris): Bold brushes of sunset orange flowers from August to frost. Native to high mountains of the Southwest, the whole plant exudes a rich, root-beer aroma. An exotic contribution to water-smart gardens or perennial borders.

Lavender (Lavandula): These fragrant European plants of the mint family have spikes of pale-purplish flowers and yield a distinct aroma and aromatic oil.

Sea Foam Artemisia (Aremisia versicolor): This vigorous, attractive groundcover has lacy, mounding foliage of silvery blue and smells wonderful when rubbed up against. Clump-forming and noninvasive. Perennial.

Night-Scented Stock (Matthiola bicornis): Deliciously scented flowers which open in the evening. Ideal for window boxes.

Carol Mackie Daphne (Daphne x burkwoodii): This trim shrub has whorls of nearly evergreen, cream-edged foliage. It produces a heavy display of very fragrant, pale pink flowers in spring, and often again in the fall. It is adaptable and quick-growing.

Angel Trumpet (Brugmansia): Exotic shrubs which blossom with large, sweet-smelling, trumpetlike flowers.

Sources: Plant Select; Botanic Gardens; Colorado State University

Fragrant Shrubs

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Mock Orange

Powerfully fragrant, the mock orange has pure-white double flowers that appear on this dark-green deciduous shrub in early or midsummer.

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Star Jasmine

Producing fragrant white flowers in summer, the star jasmine is an evergreen, woody climber with oval leaves.

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Anne Russell Viburnum

A compact deciduous shrub, the viburnum offers clusters of pink buds that produce fragrant white flowers in mid- to late spring.

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Christmas Box

Christmas box is a dense, dark-green evergreen that blooms in winter with intensely fragrant white flowers.

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'Aztec Pearl'

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl', commonly called Mexican Orange Blossom, is an evergreen shrub with slender, glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant, pink-tinged white flowers in late spring.

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Osmanthus Burkwoodii

Deep green leaves of Burkwood Osmanthus provide high contrast of small, white, sweetly fragrant flowers. Because of its sweet scent, it makes a great shrub near walks and entrances.

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Daphne Pink

The daphne is a deciduous shrub that produces purple-pink flowers in early spring before the leaves appear. Daphne is fragrant but toxic.

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Sensation Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’)

Plant Sensation lilac for a showstopping spring display. Fragrant flower clusters feature single purple blooms edged in white. Blooms open in mid-spring on plants that grow 8 to 10 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide. Sensation is hardy in Zones 2 to 7. Occasionally flowers may revert to solid white.

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Tea Olive

The small white blossoms of tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans) have a delicious apricot scent. This shrub does well in full sun or part shade but in hot climates prefers part shade in the afternoon.

Gardenia

The gardenia is native to China and Japan. Hardy to zone 7, it’s valued not only for its wonderful fragrance but also for its elegant long-blooming waxy white flowers and thick glossy evergreen leaves.

'Gertrude Jekyll' Rose

The lovely pink 'Gertrude Jekyll' rose has a classic strong, rich old rose fragrance.

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Banana Shrub

Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) boasts an intense fruity—banana—fragrance and rich green foliage.

Summersweet Clethra

This shrub has a sweet-spicy scent that is most prevalent in the warm summer months.

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