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Top 10 Scented Plants

Top 10 Scented Plants

Find out our top 10 scented plants and enjoy the spread of natural scent in your garden. We have a wonderful range of plants with a nice fragrance. Fill your garden with scented plants and your garden will not only look fantastic but also smell fantastic! 

1. Honeysuckle

The sweet fragrance of Honeysuckle brings a heady scent to the garden. Not just beautiful with flowers varying from white to cream and salmon pink but also a wonderful climber, ideal for pergolas and archways. It’s especially good where you might be able to sit near or walk by to fully appreciate it, along with the many beneficial insects that it will attract. 

2. Lemon Balm

One of the most fragrant of herbs and great in a cooling glass of water to refresh you on a hot day in the garden. Lemon Balm is very easy to grow and ideally in pots or contained well, as it is similar to Mint with respect to taking over. Lemon Balm can be used to calm and ease anxiety as well. 

3. Dianthus

A wonderful range of perennials for beds and borders with highly fragrant flowers for months on end. While old fashioned varieties like 'Doris' are always popular, there are many new varieties bred entirely for their scent and best of all they come in so many different colour combinations too.

4. Lilac Bush 

The stunning Syringa gives out an incredible late spring fragrance with long tubular and quite distinctive flowers. Grows really well in a cottage garden setting where they hold their flowers high about the other plants, they can also be used in mixed hedging, where they just need pruning after flowering to encourage lots of new growth for the following year.

5. Daphne

The sight and smell of Daphne is a staple late winter/early spring plant for the garden. The clusters of pinkish flowers can be smelt quite far away so they are great for entrances, driveways and anywhere you walk by to breathe in the beauty. 

6. Eucalyptus

Not just for bouquets of flowers! Eucalyptus looks great in the garden with some newer varieties looking especially well in pots. Trim the stems and hang up in your home where they not only smell great but will also help medicinally by clearing the airways with their unmistakable aroma. Cut back the plants themselves very hard each year to encourage lovely, fresh new growth.

7. Sweet Pea

The pretty flowers of sweet pea are unmistakable not just for their beauty but for their gorgeous fragrance. They grow well in the ground or in containers when in a nice sunny position and they love a bit of trellis or wire to grow and curl their stems around. Place near a patio, seated area or doorway to enjoy the delicious scent all summer, sweet pea also make lovely cut flowers so make sure to bring some inside too. 

8. Sarcococca

Also know as Sweet Box, Sarcococca makes welcome sight in late winter, as the flowers dangle from long stems with glossy foliage. But it is the fragrance that will really hit you. The wonderful sweet fragrance that is a sign of the garden coming alive again for the seasons ahead, is most welcome and is somewhat over powering!

9. Roses

The most classic of all fragrant garden plants! With the many, many varieties available there is a rose for everyone and indeed every position in your garden deserves one. Choose from Carpet, Climbing, Shrub or Rambling and for an intoxicating scent choose one to plant near where you can enjoy it. One of my favourite roses is the delicate and well-known fragrance of ‘Gertrude Jeykll’.

10. Philadelphus

An easy to grow, decidious shrub with wonderful scented flowers which grows up to 2.5m which means it needs a good amount of space in the border. Philadelphus flowers in Spring and early Summer and makes a great addition to a mixed shrub border, cut back into shape after flowering.

There are so many more scented options too but I hope you like this list for starters. So now it's time to start sowing your seeds and growing some aromatic plants to fill your garden with fragrance for this year, so far it seems like we will be spending more time in our gardens this year than ever before,  pop in and shop from our range of seeds, flowering plants and shrubs.