There’s nothing better than walking outside and breathing in the glorious scent of the nature. Many people love the unique scents plants such as flowers and trees give off and would no doubt love to create it in their own garden but have no idea which plants have the strongest scents. Well, worry not! We’ve teamed up with Gordon Rigg Garden Centre to find out which plants will have your garden smelling delightful and summery.

Plants With Scented Flowers

While the scents will vary from flower to flower, these glorious plants will soon have your garden smelling rosy!

TOP TIP Don’t plant in a windy site, weather conditions can make a huge difference to the strength and carrying power of the scent!

Shrubs

Abelia, Azalea, Buddleja, Chimonanthus, Choisya, Corylopsis, Cytissus, Daphne, Eleagnus ebbingei & varities, Hamamellis mollis & cus; x intermedia, Lavandula, Lonicera Fragtissima; x purpusii, Magnolia, Mahonia japoni; x media, Myrtus, Osmanthus burkwoodii; delavayi, Perovskia, Philadelphus, Pittospurnum tendifolium, Prunus lauroceraus; lusitanica, Pyracantha, Sarcococca, Skimmia, Syringa, Viburnum.

Abelia scented garden
Abelia

Trees

Crataeugus (Hawthorn), Eucalyptus, Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossi’, Malus floribunda; huphensis; x robusta & cultivars.

Hawthorn scented garden
Hawthorn

Roses

Many varieties are highly scented.

Rose scented garden
Rose

Climber

Akebia, Jasminum, Wisteria.

Wisteria scented garden
Wisteria

Herbaceous

Convallaria majalis, Dianthus, Hemerocallis – especially yellow flowered varieties, Iris germanica, Lupins.

Dianthus scented garden
Dianthus

Bulbs

Crinum Powelii, Freesia, Galtonia candicans, Hyacinths, Lilium, Muscari armeniacum, Narcissus, Tulipa Eros.

Freesia scented garden
Freesia

Annuals / Bedding

Brayscome Swan Daisy River, Heliothropium, Stocks, Night Scented Stocks, Sweet Williams, Nicociana (Tobacco Plant).

Night scented stocks scented garden
Night scented stocks

Plants With Aromatic Foliage

Many plants have scented leaves or wood. This means that they’ll give off their scent freely or as a result of a gentle bruising. Perfect for delicious woodland smell all year around!

Trees

Eucalyptus, Liquidambar.

Liquidambar scented garden
Liquidambar

Conifers

Most conifers have a scented foliage including Chamaecyparis, Cupressus, Juniperus, Thuja.

conifer scented garden
Conifer

Shrubs

Artemesia, Caryopteris, Choisya, Cistus, Helichrysum, Laurus noblis, Lavandula, Myrtus, Perovskia, Rohododendron, Ribes, Rosmarinus, Santolina, Teucrium.

Caryopteris scented garden
Caryopteris

Herbaceous

Houttuynia cordata, Monarda in variety, Nepeta, Salvia.

Houttuynia cordata scented garden
Houttuynia cordata

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