Fragrant Flowers for Bouquets

The perfect gift for almost any occasion, flower bouquets are a joy both to give and to receive. Fragrant flowers are especially welcome in a bouquet, providing a sweet aroma that permeates the immediate area. There are a number of fragrant flowers that hold up well in a bouquet.

True Forget-Me-Not

The true forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a perennial flower native to North America that is notable for its tiny "true blue" flowers. The plant is a staple in bouquets for its charming blue flowers and its delicate fragrance. True forget-me-nots can be cultivated in the home garden in USDA zones 5A to 9B. The plant is versatile and will grow in shade to full sun, preferably in a well-drained, neutral soil. A wetlands plant, the flower thrives with heavy watering and does best in a soil that is kept moist to the touch, even waterlogged. True forget-me-nots won't take up much space in the garden, growing to a maximum height of about a foot.

Surprise Lily

Originally native to Asia, the surprise lily (Lycoris squamigera), also called the magic lily or naked lily, is a perennial flowering plant that couldn't be easier to cut for a bouquet. The summer-blooming plant has a stiff, "naked" stalk topped with showy pink lily flowers that are richly fragrant. Surprise lily can be cultivated quite easily in the home garden or in a container in USDA zones 5 to 10. It will tolerate both sandy and clay soils that are either acidic or alkaline, though it must have full sunlight to produce its best blooms. Surprise lily requires very little care except the occasional watering.


A native of Europe and Northern Africa, the daffodil (Narcissus spp.) is an easy-to-grow perennial that boasts cup-shaped blooms and lush, fleshy foliage. Though all daffodils are fragrant, the jonquil and tazetta species are by far the most heavily scented. Daffodils look lovely in flower bouquets, offering a cheery touch of yellow and white. They do best in USDA zones 4 to 9 in dappled sunlight. Daffodils ideally should be planted in a rich, sandy and neutral loam. The moderately drought-tolerant plant only needs to be watered about once a week. Daffodils can be grown outdoors, or indoors in containers.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.