Fragrant flowers are wonderful to experience, whether they're artfully arranged in a fresh flower bouquet or blooming naturally on a shrub, tree or vine. There are a number of beautiful and sweetly fragrant flowers that can be cultivated in the home garden that will create an alluring and relaxing atmosphere.
Garden verbena (Verbena X hybrida) is a flowering perennial or annual, several cultivars of which are fragrant. The "Mystic" cultivar, which boasts pale blue flowers, is well known for its strong, intoxicating scent. Garden verbena is generally a low-growing plant, with only a few cultivars growing more than a foot and a half off the ground. Many verbena plants have a cascading habit that is utilized in pots and hanging baskets. Garden verbena can be grown as a perennial in USDA zones 8 to 10. The plant is often grown as an annual in USDA zones 5 to 9. Garden verbena does best in full sun in well-drained, fertile soil that is watered frequently. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this will prevent flowering.
Lady Banks Rose
Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksiae) is a fast-growing rose species native to China that is cultivated throughout the United States in USDA zones 7A to 9A. The plant sports rich green foliage accented by heavily fragrant, pale yellow double bloomed rose flowers, which appear in late spring and early summer. The plant requires little maintenance and will scramble over trellises and fences with almost no provocation. The plant may grow to be almost 30 feet long. The rose does best in full sunlight in a well-drained loam. The plant should be watered frequently until established, when it becomes quite drought tolerant.
A member of the morning glory family, moonflower vine (Ipomoea alba) is a fast-growing flowering vine native to tropical regions throughout the Americas. The vigorously growing plant produces broad tropical leaves that can reach lengths of up to 8 inches. Moonflower vine is notable for its crisp white flowers, which resemble completely white morning glories. The flowers of the vine are richly fragrant. Moonflower vine does best in USDA zones 9 to 11, although it may be grown as an annual in cooler climates. The plant should have full or partial sunlight and well-drained, rich soil. The vine should be watered frequently, enough to keep the soil damp to the touch but not waterlogged.