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12 Fragrant Outdoor Plants That’ll Make Your Garden Smell Amazing

Have you ever thought about why you grow plants in your garden? The most obvious answers are because you want a beautiful yard, to have fresh fruit and vegetables, or to attract animals, such as butterflies. However, there is another important benefit e to keep in mind; smell! Choose fragrant plants to make your garden and surroundings smell amazing. 

Smell is one of the five basic human senses and it affects our mood significantly. Every time we smell something nice we automatically feel better. So, feel great every time you spend time in your garden with these 12 fragrant outdoor plants. 


Large flower bed with multi-colored hyacinths
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If all plants look and smell as great as Hyacinth every garden will resemble a real paradise. Its aroma is very strong and is considered to be one of the most powerful springs’ garden scents. These days there are around 60 Hyacinth species to choose from, and they’re one of the easiest perennials to grow. It is recommended to plant them in fall, either in pots or in the ground, so they can bloom astonishingly in spring. Keep in mind that their bulbs are toxic for both humans and pets. 

Angel’s Trumpet 

Angel Trumpet flower.
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Brugmansia flowers hang from the branches resembling trumpets. Due to their appearance, this plant is colloquially called Angel’s Trumpet. They come in many shades of white, pink, orange, red, or yellow, and it is these flowers that have such a beautiful fragrance that you can smell, especially in the evenings. You can grow this plant outside from late spring until fall, and for the best results, you should plant it in mid-spring when you are sure that the temperatures won’t drop below 50 degrees.


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The magnificent colors of Dianthus flowers combined with a beautiful fragrant makes it one of the most commonly grown garden flowers. You can also recognize them by their nickname that is “Pinks”. It is not surprising why they are called that way once you see them. However, its flowers are not all pink. They have serrated edges that look like they were painted pink. When it comes to their fragrant, you can smell cinnamon or even clove notes. It typically blooms from May to October. 


Magnolia Grandiflora
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If you enjoy sweet scents, Magnolia is a perfect choice to have in your garden. What is best is that not only their fragrance is beautiful. Their sumptuous, tulip- or star-like flowers, due to their unique shapes and colors, will catch the eye of everybody visiting your yard. Depending on the space you have, you can find something for yourself, because their size ranges from small shrubs to large trees. Also, depending on Magnolias’ species, they can be evergreen, semi-evergreen, or deciduous. 


jasmine bush flowers
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You can recognize Jasmine by its small star-shaped flowers, as well as by its marvelous sweet fragrance. It’s so beautiful that you can note it in many perfumes. Jasmine can have many different forms, such as bushes, vines, or evergreens. It is a tropical or sub-tropical plant so if you want to grow it in a temperate zone, keep in mind that it has to be protected from cold temperatures. Because of that, you need to put some effort into its maintenance, but it is definitely worth it. 

Oriental Lily

Lily Stargazer Oriental lilies
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Oriental Lillies are a great option if you not only want your garden to smell amazing but also look cute and interesting. Their big flowers resemble stars and come in a variety of colors, such as red, pink, or white. They bloom in late summer, and their bulbs start to appear in August. It’s quite late, but you should be patient because they will change your yard into a magical place once they bloom. It is not that difficult to grow them. All you need is a well-prepared site for the bulbs, a lot of sun, and good drainage. 


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Gardenia is beloved among numerous gardeners thanks to its intoxicating fragrance and astonishing creamy-white flowers that contrast greatly with its shiny dark green leaves. Gardenia loves hot temperatures and is an evergreen shrub or tree. It grows best in full sun or light shade and prefers soil that is moist and well-drained. Make sure that the soil is consistently dumb but not soggy for the best results. Gardenia is also one of these plants that grow in low pH, acidic soil.


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If you have ever smelled Honeysuckle, just by looking at this photo, you can smell the delicate and sweet fragrance of its flowers. Honeysuckle can grow as an arching shrub or as far-reaching vines that are a popular choice for covering walls and sides of buildings. It’s best when their roots are covered in shade and when their flowering tops have full access to the sun with a little shade in the afternoons. Most of the time, its flowers have bright pink, orange, yellow, or white color. However, sometimes you can find varieties that come in two colors. 


Shrub rose
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There isn’t anything more romantic than smelling roses with your beloved one in the garden at the beginning of summer. It is almost overwhelming how many different varieties of them you can plant. All of them have a unique fragrance that can be smelled from a long distance. They come in many different colors, such as pink, red, yellow, white, and more. When it comes to growing roses, make sure you provide them with at least 6 hours of sun every day and that they are located in well-drained and fertile soil. 


Purple Wisteria Flowers
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Do you feel like your garden needs something extraordinary? If your answer is yes, then wait no more and add start growing Wisteria. It is a long-lived vining plant with beautiful hanging flowers that has beautiful colors ranging from blue to purple. However, you have to keep in mind that it grows fast, and over a few years, it can completely dominate your garden if you are not attentive. Besides its magnificent flowers, the Wisteria scent is wonderful, and it attracts anyone nearby.


Field of Lavender Flowers
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The lavender scent is used in plenty of products, including detergents. For this reason, plenty of people decides to grow it in their gardens. It is recommended to plant it in the spring when the is no more danger of freezing temperatures when the soil isn’t that hard anymore. If you have any pets at home, make sure that they do not have access to it since it can be toxic for them. For the best results, provide it with warm temperatures, well-drained soil, and full sun. 

Flowering Crabapple 

Flowering crabapple
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It’s difficult to decide what is better, the gorgeous flowers of Flowering Crabapple or its wonderful scent. It takes a while until it flowers heavily, usually up to five years, but it is definitely worth waiting. It’s a perfect tree to grow since no matter what space you can use. It comes in a full range of sizes and forms so anyone can find something suitable. The main visual advantage of this tree is that it looks amazing all year long.

To Sum Up

Growing plants in your garden don’t only allow you to have fresh fruit and vegetables, attract wildlife, or beautify your landscape. Many plants also have a wonderful fragrance that can increase your mood when you smell them. 

We are confident that these 12 fragrant outdoor plants will make your garden smell amazing, and thanks to that, you will feel happier when you spend time over there.

Let us know which plant smells the best, and as always, please share!