5 Best Fragrant Flowers You Should Add to Your Garden

Everyone knows you're supposed to stop and smell the roses. What about other fragrant flowers? If you prefer more than rose bushes for your country garden, try some of these varieties. They offer amazing aromas from sweet to fruity. Each can add a touch of scented charm to your country garden.



This evergreen shrub will add a scent of the South to your garden. They have a distinctive heavy aroma and beautiful white blooms.

Give gardenias plenty of space, as they don't do well crowded with other plants. They need acidic soil with a lot of organic matter. If you'd like to expand your garden onto your deck or patio, these beauties do well in large pots. Expect blooms from mid-spring to mid-summer.

Gardenias can be grown indoors or out, but it's best to keep them in the garden. They attract mites, mealybugs and whiteflies. An open window will let their aroma in - and keep the bugs out.



The darker the lavender, the deeper the aroma, the more fragrant your garden. Both the flowers and the foliage of this plant produce perfumes. Enjoy their intense aroma throughout the summer.

Heat, wind and drought don't bother lavender too much. It likes good drainage and full sun. Plant lavender along your garden paths to enjoy the aroma as you stroll. Or place it near your favorite seat in the sun, to drink in the smells while you soak up the rays.

Dried lavender retains its fragrance. Crush it up to release the aroma again. It's also commonly used for essential oils, which are key ingredients in all kinds of products. Lavender just keeps on giving.



Clusters of blue, white or purple flowers emit a rich sweet fragrance. Not everyone agrees on what these gorgeous blooms smell like. Whether you agree with those who say vanilla, grapes or cherry pie, you are sure to enjoy the delicious aroma rising from your garden.

Heliotrope flowers have a long bloom season, from summer through the first frost. They like morning sun and need at least six hours of sunshine per day. Hot dry climates don't bother them, but get them some afternoon shade if that's your location.

The good news and bad news: Deer hate them, so your sweet aroma won't be stolen away by Bambi. But, there's a reason for this. Heliotrope are poisonous to humans and animals if eaten. So, don't let Fido or Fluffy near them either.

Lily of the Valley

lily of the valley

Do you have a shady spot to fill? This little lily offers a big fragrance for your yard. Blooming in spring and early summer, it provides a low-maintenance ground cover with a sweet perfume. Just give these hardy beauties plenty of moisture and some shade and they will thrive.

After flowering, lily of the valley produces red seed pods, so you get to enjoy a second bloom. No, you can't eat these berries. They are pretty but poisonous.

lily of the valley berries
Flickr/Peter Stevens

Careful - lily of the valley is good at spreading over the whole valley, so be prepared to let it take over or be diligent with trimming. But, if your giant oak tree has created a bare spot in the lawn, you might want to let it take over. You can easily transform that dirt patch into a scented garden with this ground cover.



Who doesn't enjoy a beautiful sunset? Moonflowers are the perfect complement to this gorgeous time of day. As you might guess from the name, they are night bloomers. Their large white flowers open at dusk, releasing a sweet smell for your sunset views in the garden. It's a great choice for late night-strollers or night owls who might be taking in the garden under the moon.

They like heat and sun and don't mind dry soils where other plants may not grow. This makes moonflowers fairly easy to add to your garden, as they need little maintenance. They are climbers, though, so be sure to plant them where they have room to rise to the moon.

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