Top 10 Fragrant Flowers for Floral Scent Lovers

The best blooms are those that fill the air with perfume. Pack your garden with colorful fragrant flowers, including jasmine and lavender.

When it comes to choosing plants for your yard, try following your nose! For a garden full of aromatic blooms, here are our favorite fragrant flowers to delight your senses.

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Flowering Tobacco

Nicotiana spp., grown as an annual

Varieties like wood flowering tobacco are perfect for night gardens: Its jasmine-like scent tends to be most noticeable later in the day. Available with pink, lavender, yellow, white, red or green blossoms, it prefers rich, moist, well-draining soil.

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Four O’Clocks

Mirabilis jalapa, annual to Zone 10

This fragrant flower opens in late afternoon and remains that way throughout the night, which explains the moniker “beauty of the night.” Four-o’clocks often reseed, so don’t disturb the surrounding soil during spring cultivation.

Try growing the top 10 fragrant roses to perfume your garden.

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Jasmine

Jasminum polyanthum, Zones 9 to 10

Jasmine is prized for its sweetly scented flowers and glossy leaves. This climbing container plant grows to 10 feet or more, with pink buds that open into aromatic white blossoms.

If you love tropical flowers, try fragrant plumeria. Bonus: The plants are drought tolerant, too!

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Lavender

Lavandula, Zones 5 to 10

Gardeners love growing lavender for its attractive flowers, silvery-green foliage, compact habit and calming scent. In mid- to late summer, pale- to deep-purple flowers emerge on sprays 12 to 14 inches tall. Bees and butterflies are attracted to lavender, but deer and rabbits tend to stay away.

Learn everything you need to know about these fragrant flowers with these essential facts about lavender plants.

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Moonflower

Ipomoea alba, grown as an annual

This bewitching vine is related to the morning glory. It boasts trumpet-shaped bright-white flowers and deep-green leaves on stems that extend up to 15 feet. Moonflower grows slowly in cool weather, so be patient. For extra-large blooms, look for the Giant White cultivar.

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Stock

Matthiola, annual

If you’re looking for blossoms with an unforgettable fragrance, stock is the plant for you. Many compare the scent to cloves, and in some species, this sweet scent is noticeable only at night. Because the top-heavy plant can grow up to 3 feet high, stake taller varieties and choose a site that’s protected from the wind.

Grow winter daphne shrubs for early, fragrant blooms.

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Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima, annual

This low-growing plant looks lovely in borders, rock gardens and as a filler in containers. Its tiny blossoms smell delicious and come in white and shades of apricot, pink and lavender. Sweet alyssum blooms for months in full sun to partial shade, but it does best in moderate temperatures. Encourage new growth in fall by cutting it back a bit.

For jumbles of fragrant Blooms, plant garden phlox.

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Sweet Pea

Lathyrus odoratus, annual

Sweet pea is a cinch to grow and provides gardeners with fragrant cut flowers from spring until early autumn, especially when temperatures are on the cooler side. This climbing annual typically reaches between 4 and 12 feet high. Grow it in full sun to partial shade.

If you love sweet peas, discover more old-fashioned flowers for your garden.

Sweet william dianthus flowering plants, perennials in the garden with delicate multiflower heads in a variety of colours, red, pink purple and white.Mint Images/Getty Images

Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus, Zones 3 to 9

Each stem of a sweet William will make a complete bouquet! A European native, this perennial beauty has adapted to regions all over North America.

Also try Bath’s Pink dianthus for fragrant flowers.

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Heliotrope

Heliotropium arborescens, grown as an annual

Also called “cherry pie,” heliotrope has an intense fruity fragrance. Its compact growth habit, dense foliage and profuse blooms make it a good choice for containers and flower beds alike. Plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall and 12 to 15 inches wide.

Want to grow your own bouquets? See our list of the best flowers for a cutting garden.

Jill Staake
Jill Staake's lifelong love of nature turned into a career during the years she spent working with native Florida butterflies, caterpillars, and other wildlife at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, Florida. During this time, she helped to maintain 30+ acres of gardens and backwoods, all carefully cultivated to support the more than 20 species of butterflies displayed indoors and out. She now writes for a variety of publications and sites on topics like gardening and birding, among others.