Fragrant Flowers and Plants

Fill your garden with this collection of plants and flowers that smell oh-so-good.

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English Lavender

English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been a mainstay of herb gardens for many years. Its flowers and foliage are highly aromatic and are often used for culinary purposes.


Rosemary grows on a small evergreen shrub with flat, pine-like needles that have a wonderful scent. Its pungent flavor can be used in a variety of culinary dishes, which makes it an indispensable kitchen herb.

'Felix Crousse' Peony

This peony is a hardy grower and a fragrant double variety.

'Savannah Debutante' Daylily

'Savannah Debutante' features a gorgeous apricot-yellow bloom of about 6 inches in diameter. This perennial is fragrant and requires full sun to partial shade. 

Fragrant Snowball

Fragrant viburnum (Viburnum x carlcephalum), often called fragrant snowball, produces glossy, dark green foliage that turns reddish purple in fall. Fragrant white flowers open from pink buds in late spring on irreguarly-shaped cymes. Red to black fruits appear in the fall but aren't showy.

'Icterina' Salvia

Salvia officinalis 'Icterina' is an evergreen perennial grown for the unique, pungent flavor and aroma that its variegated leaves—a bright green edged in gold—produce.

'Shirley Temple' Peony

The 'Shirley Temple' peony is prized for its large, fragrant blooms.

Lemon Balm

With its light citrus scent, lemon balm makes a great addition to any herb garden.

Monterey Pine

Hailing from Monterey, Calif., the Monterey pine grows fast in coastal locations, producing bushy, bright green foliage. The needles are long and fragrant.


This fragrant summer bulb is said to hail from Mexico. Polianthes tuberosa shows tall spikes of white flowers that open a night, increasing its sweet fragrance.

'Olga Mezitt' Rhododendron

'Olga Mezzitt' features deep pink flowers and aromatic, bright green foliage that turns mahogany in the fall.

Variegated Solomon's Seal

Solomon's seal features green foliage with white-edged petals and fragrant white flowers. 


Versatile catmint (gracing the front of this showy border) gets along famously with its neighbors. Catmint complements almost any garden style, whether you’ve got a formal parterre with hybrid tea roses or a wild swath of prairie perennials. It starts blooming lavender blue late in spring and keeps going till frost—and the foliage smells heavenly when you brush past it.

'Star Struck' Daylily

'Star Struck' features large frilled blooms of bright yellow and is pleasantly fragrant. 

A Profusion of Fragrant Blooms

This container features a combination of dianthus 'Dash White', nemesia 'Deep Pink' and snapdragon 'Solstice'.  Dianthus 'Dash White' is located in the back and has a great fragrant smell.  Nemesia 'Deep Pink' blooms in the front of the container and comes in a variety of colors. Snapdragon 'Solstice', on the left, performs best in cool weather.

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