Evening stock (M.
longipetala) Small lilac colored blossoms with powerful lily-like
perfume; excellent for window boxes and pots; 12 by 9 inches.
Nicotiana - flowering
tobaccos (Nicotiana alata, sylvestris, suaveolens) Plants with
tubular white flowers, fragrant mostly at night; 2-6 by 3 feet. (Most
hybrid bedding plant varieties have little scent.)
jalapa and M. longiflora) Multicolored trumpet flowers cover bushy
2-foot-high plants. M. longiflora has white flowers with orange-blossom
scent; 2 by 3 feet.
Fragrant amaryllis (Clidanthus
fragrans) Sweet-scented yellow crocus-like flowers in mid-summer; 8 by
8 inches; perennial bulb in Zones 9-11.
arborescens) Large violet or white flowerheads with a vanilla/cherry
pie scent; 12 by 12 inches.
odorata) Powerful vanilla/raspberry fragrance from small yellowish
flowers; attracts beneficial insects; direct sow in early spring;12 by 9
Night phlox (Zaluzianskya
ovata ) Unusual snowflake flowers are strongly fragrant at night; 1 by
(Hymenocallis species) Especially 'Sulfur Queen'; white or yellow
spidery summer-blooming bulb; 18 inches high; perennial in zones 8-10.
Many modern varieties have little fragrance, but old-fashioned white or
purple vining types release a strong lily-like fragrance at dusk; 1 by 1-3
incana) Spicy clove-scented flower spikes; excellent cut flowers;
thrives in cool weather; 2 by 1 feet.
(Lobularia maritima) Low-growing groundcover with honey-scented white
flowers; highly attractive to beneficial insects; 6 by 8 inches. The
other shades are not as fragrant.
(Polianthes tuberosa) Extremely fragrant white flower spikes;
late-summer bloom; 3 by 1 feet; perennial bulb hardy in Zones 8-10, grown
as an annual in cooler climates. There are single and double
(Malcolmia maritima) Small red or purple flowers with powerful scent;
prefers cool weather; 16 by 6 inches.
(Erysimum asperum [biennial] and E. perofskianum) Short spikes of
yellow or copper-colored flowers; 12 by 10 inches.
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(Cimicifuga simplex) Foot-long spikes of white flowers in autumn;
partial shade; 3 by 2 feet; Zones 4-8.
(Saponaria officinalis) Clusters of pink, red, or white 3 inch flowers
in summer and autumn, 24 by 20 inches; Zones 3-9.
Chocolate daisy, aka
green-eyes (Berlandiera lyrata) Chocolate-scented yellow daisy
flowers through summer and fall;12 by 12 inches; Zones 7-9.
(Phlox stolonifera) 'Bruce's White'; shade tolerant; spring blooms; 1
by 1 foot; Zones 2-8.
Cut leaf violet
(Viola dissecta) 1 inch white or rose flowers and very attractive
divided leaves; 6 inches tall; Zones 6-9.
(Narcissus) Many varieties in the poeticus, triandrus, jonquilla and
tazetta groups are highly fragrant, especially 'Buffawn', 'Canarybird',
'Cragford', 'Geranium', 'Trevithian', and 'Tripartite.
Here are 14 of the most widely available, highly fragrant daylilies:
'Audacity Bound', Barbara Mitchell', 'Ellen Christine', 'Ever So Ruffled',
'Forty Carats', 'Fragrant Light', 'Hyperion', 'Ida Miles', 'Kathy Rood' ,
'Scape Stopper', 'Tetrina's Daughter', 'Top Honors', 'Vanilla Fluff', Hemerocallis
citrina, H. lilioasphodelus.
Garden Phlox (Phlox
paniculata) especially white 'David', 'Blue Paradise', pink 'Eden's
Crush', and 'Old Cellarhole'; summer blooms; 3-5 by 2 feet; Zones 4-8.
(Cardiocrinum giganteum) Towering 5-12 feet high spikes of fragrant
white trumpet-shaped flowers in summer; part shade; Zones 6-9.
(Hedychium coronarium var. chrysoleum 'Yellow Spot') Large spikes of
exquisite white flowers in mid to late summer; sun or part shade; 4 by 3
feet; Zones 7-10.
Hostas (Hosta )
Only some varieties are strongly fragrant, including 'Fragrant Bouquet',
'Guacamole' and the species H. plantaginea. Trumpet-shaped white
flowers in summer; sun or part shade; 2 by 3 feet; Zones 3-8.
(Hyacinthus) The most fragrant hyacinths for spring color and
sweetness are 'Blue Jacket', pink 'Anna Marie', and white 'Carnegie'; 8 to
12 inches tall; Zones 5-9.
Highly fragrant bearded irises include 'Dark Passion', 'Fort Apache',
'Last Chance', 'Mary Frances', 'Old Black Magic', 'Pacific Mist', 'Scented
Bubbles', 'Stepping Out', 'Thriller', and 'Sweet Lena'; also I. pallida
variegata; Zones 3-10.
(Lavandula ) Purple, pink, or white flower spikes in summer; 2 by 2
feet ; Zones 6 or 7 to 9.
Lilies (Lilium )
Many hybrid trumpet and oriental lilies are strongly fragrant, including
'Casa Blanca'; Also richly scented are Goldband lily (L. auratum;
Zones 4-9), Regal lily (L. regale; Zones 4-8), L. formosanum
(Zones 5-8) , and Madonna lily (L. candidum; Zones 6 -9); heights
range from 3 to over 6 feet; bloom times vary.
Lily - Casa Blanca
(Convallaria majalis) Low spreading groundcover with white or pink
spring flowers; part shade or sun; 9 inches tall with indefinite spread;
superbus, D.gratianopolitanus, D.plumarius) Well-drained soil, full
sun; spreading plants with spring to summer bloom, 6-6 inches by 8-24
inches; Zones 3-8.
(Asclepias incarnata) Long-blooming white or pink flowers from summer
to fall with rich vanilla scent; attractive to hummingbirds and bees; 3 by
2 feet; Zones 3-8.
Sweet violet (Viola
odorata) Small purple, rose, or white flowers in late winter/early
spring; partial shade; 4 by 6 inches; Zones 7-9.
Tulip 'Apricot Beauty'
is one of the most fragrant tulips; early blooming; 18 inches high; Zones
(Phlox divaricata) ''Blue Perfume', 'White Perfume'; spring blooms;
shade tolerant; 1 by 1 foot; Zones 3-8.
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'Angel Face' (3
feet tall lavender floribunda)
(4 feet tall red China)
'Buff Beauty' (12
feet tall apricot hybrid musk)
'Hansa' (5 feet
tall crimson hybrid rugosa)
feet tall pale pink shrub)
(4 feet tall red China)
'La France' (4
feet tall pink hybrid tea)
feet tall crimson Bourbon)
'Nur Mahal (4
feet tall crimson hybrid musk)
feet tall coral pink miniature)
'Souvenir de St.
Anne's' (4 feet tall pale pink Bourbon)
(12 feet tall yellow floribunda)
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Azaleas Many native
deciduous azaleas have highly fragrant flowers in pastel pinks, yellows
and white, including the coast azalea (Rhododendron atlanticum);
Zones 5-9, the sweet azalea (R. arborescens,); Zones 5-9, the
pinxterbloom azalea (R. periclymenoides); Zones 4-9), the roseshell
azalea (R. prinophyllum); Zones 4-9, and the swamp azalea (R.
viscosum ); Zones 4-9.
(Michelia figo) Powerful fruity fragrance and lustrous evergreen
foliage; blooms spring through summer, part shade to shade; 10 by10 feet;
Zones 7 to 10.
(Azara microphylla) Small but richly fragrant flowers smell of white
chocolate in late winter and spring; sun to part shade; 30 by 12 feet ;
Zones (6) 7-9.
(Ribes odoratum) Powerful clove-scented yellow flowers in spring; 6 by
6 feet ; Zones 5-8.
Carolina allspice or
sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) Dark red 2 inch flowers in
summer; sun or part shade; 8 by 10 feet; Zones 5-9.
Daphnes Daphne x
burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' and 'Somerset' Legendary powerful fragrance
from small white or purplish flowers in late spring; 3 by 3-5 feet; Zones
4-6(7). Many other daphne species are also highly fragrant, including
Garland flower (D. cneorum), Alpine daphne (D. alpina),
Caucasian daphne. D. caucasica), Winter daphne (D. odora), February
daphne (D. mezereum ), D. bholua and D. tangutica.
Fragrant Tea Olive
(Osmanthus fragrans) Strongly fragrant, very long-blooming (from
autumn to spring) evergreen shrub; excellent container plant; sun to part
shade; 20 by 20 feet; Zones (7) 8 to 10.
(Gardenia jasminoides) Long-blooming evergreen shrub producing white
flowers in summer with extraordinary creamy fragrance; light shade; 4 by 4
feet; Zones (7b) 8-10.
(Pittosporum tobira) Wonderfully fragrant flowers in early summer and
evergreen foliage; 2 to 8 feet high; Zones (7) 8-9.
Of the hundreds of varieties of this popular 8 to 10 foot high shrub, the
most highly fragrant and disease-resistant choices for Zones 3 to 7 are:
'Henri Robert', 'Excel', 'Vauban, 'Rhum von Horstenstein' and 'Miss Kim'.
Gardeners in Zones 8 and 9 need to choose heat-tolerant lilac varieties
such as 'Angel White', 'Big Blue', 'Blue Skies' and 'Lavender Lady'.
Mexican orange blossom
(Choisya ternata) Superb rounded evergreen shrub with1 inch white star
shaped flowers in late spring, again in fall; shade or part shade; 6 by 6
feet; Zones 7-10.
(Philadelphus coronarius) Most species and varieties of this
old-fashioned favorite have strongly-scented showy white flowers in early
summer; 10 by 8 feet; some hardy to Zone 3.
(Edgeworthia gardenii) Yellow flowers in late winter; 5 by 5 feet;
(Sarcoccoca hookeriana [3 by 3 feet] and S. confusa [6 by 6 feet])
Small white flowers with heady fragrance in late winter; evergreen; part
shade to shade; Zones (7) 8-9. S. hookeriana var. humilis is hardy
in Zones (5) 6-8.
Sweet pepperbush or
summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) Showy 6 inch clusters of
white flowers in late summer; shade to partial shade; 6 by 8 feet; Zones
3-9. Also, C, barbinervis.
Viburnum Korean Spice
Viburnums Korean spice
viburnum (V. carlesii) has powerfully fragrant small white flower
clusters in spring; sun/partial shade; 6 by 6 feet; Zones 5-8. Many other
viburnums are also highly fragrant, including V. x bodnantense
'Pink Dawn', V. x burkwoodii , V. x carlcephalum, V. x
judii, V. odoratissimum, V. farreri, and V. bitchiuense. Size
and hardiness varies.
(Abeliophyllum distichum) Showy 1/2 inch flowers in late winter; 5 by
5 feet; Zones (4) 5-9.
(Corylopsis glabrescens) 1 inch yellow flowers in early spring;
partial to full shade; 15 by 15 feet; Zones 6-9.
(Chimonanthus praecox)1 inch yellow flowers in late winter; 12 by 12
feet; Zones (6) 7-9.
(Hamamelis mollis, H. vernalis and hybrids) Long-lasting spidery
yellow, orange, or red flowers open in winter; part shade or sun; 15 by 15
feet; Zones (4) 5-8.
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kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta) White flowers in early summer;
15 feet tall; Zones 5-8.
(Dioscorea batatas ) Long-lasting flowers with strong, fresh cinnamon
fragrance; roots are edible if cooked; 10 feet tall; Zones 5-10.
of the large, showy hybrid clematis are not scented, but the following
species are all richly scented (also all vigorous climbers, to15 feet or
more): Clematis armandii (2-inch white flowers in early spring;
Zones 7-9); C. flammula (star-shaped white flowers from midsummer
on; Zones 7-9); C. montana (various cultivars; Zones 6-9); sweet
autumn clematis (C. ternifolia, aka paniculata; masses of
star-shaped white flowers in late summer through autumn; Zones 4-9
(Lonicera) Several vining species are wonderfully fragrant, including,
Etruscan honeysuckle (L. etrusca), Goldflame honeysuckle (L. x
heckrottii), Common honeysuckle (L. periclymenum) and Italian
honeysuckle (L. caprifolium); 10 to 20 feet tall; most are hardy to
species are legendary for their perfumes, including Poet's jasmine (Jasminun
officinale), Winter jasmine (J. polyanthum), Arabian jasmine (J.
sambac), and Pink summer jasmine (J. x stephanese); size and
bloom times vary; most are hardy in Zones 8-10.
(Ipomoea alba) Large white flowers open rapidly at dusk during the
summer months; vining tender perennial grown as an annual from seed; 15
(Lathyrus odoratus) Exquisite fragrance and varied colors; excellent
cut flowers in early summer; annual vining plants thrive in cool weather;
6 feet tall.
Amur maple (Acer
tartaricum ssp ginnala) Clusters of white flowers in spring; 18 by18
feet; Zones 3-7.
(Robinia pseudoacacia) White flower clusters in late spring; attracts
beneficial insects; 80 by 50 feet; Zones 5-9.
species) The spring to summer small white flowers of orange, lemon and
other citrus trees are richly scented. Most citrus species are cold hardy
only in southern Florida and California, but they make excellent and
fragrant container plants in other regions.
(Prunus mume) Showy red, pink or white flowers in late winter; 20 by
20 feet; Zones (6) 7-9.
cordata and other species) Excellent shade trees with sweetly scented
flowers in spring and early in summer; sun/partial shade; 30 by 60 feet;
Zones (3) 4-7.
Mt. Etna broom
(Genista aetnensis) Clouds of 1/2 inch yellow flowers in summer,
deciduous; 25 by 25 feet; Zones 9-10.
(Cladrastis lutea) pendant panicles of 1 1/2 inch white flowers in
early spring, deciduous; 40 by 30 feet; Zones 4-9.
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