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13 Fragrant Outdoor Plants That Can be Grown Indoors

October 11, 2021

These wonderfully smelling plants and herbs can be taken inside to infuse your home with sweet odors.

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Sweet-Smelling Plants

Plants are a wonderful way to bring nature indoors even during the harshest winter weather. It's even better when those plants are also deliciously fragrant. These thirteen sweet-smelling plants are some of our favorites.

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Azores Jasmine

For intense fragrance, grow this jasmine. It typically flowers spring through fall but tosses open blooms in winter if growing conditions provide warmth and sun. Give it a spot near a south-facing window. The perfume is similar to gardenia. Plants may be slow to bloom in the first year. Just wait — the flower show kicks into gear as plants age.

Botanical name: Jasminum azoricum

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‘Marino Blue’ Heliotrope

Vanilla honey describes the sweet scent of these pretty purple flowers. Plants flower year-round, and the blossoms are a sensory treat in the depth of winter. Stems tend to trail, so plan to support plants with a hoop-type stake.

Botanical name: Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marino Blue’

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The fragrant leaves of spearmint release their minty scent even when they’re warmed by the sun. It’s a wonderful addition to an indoor garden — easy to grow and not plagued by pests. Give it a spot near a sunny window for the best growth. Harvest leaves as needed for tea or desserts.

Botanical name: Mentha spicata

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