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Most Fragrant Plants & Flowers

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The most fragrant plants and flowers come in many varieties and are well-known as emitting memorable aromas. Fragrant plants and flowers can add a new dimension to your garden by appealing to your senses of sight and smell. Being able to enjoy your garden indoors by opening a window and letting the pleasing scents in is a satisfying way to extend your garden into the home.

Common White Jasmine

Common white jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is a vine or shrub known as one of the most fragrant plants and flowers. According to the Clemson University Extension, common white jasmine displays extremely fragrant white flowers that grow up to 1 inch in diameter and are in bloom during the summer and fall seasons. Its leaves are a rich, green color. Jasmine thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers warm climates and moist soils. Common jasmine has a moderately fast growth rate and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Tea Olive

Tea olives (Osmanthus species) are known as "some of the most sweetly fragrant plants," according to the Clemson University Extension. Fall blooming flowers of the tea olive plant, appearing alone and in clusters, display very fragrant, creamy-white, white, yellow or orange flowers, depending on the cultivar. The leaves are dark green and leathery. Tea olives thrive in full sun to partial shade, prefer moist, well-drained, acid soil and grow to a height of 4 to 30 feet. The fragrant tea olive plant has a slow to moderate growth rate.


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Gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides), also referred to as common gardenias or cape jasmine, are "primarily grown for their fragrant flowers," according to the Clemson University Extension. Gardenia plants display waxy, white flowers that grow up to a diameter of 4 inches; leaves are glossy and dark green. Flowers bloom from May to June, thrive in shaded areas and prefer moist, well-drained, acid soil. Fragrant gardenias have a medium growth rate and need very attentive maintenance for healthy growth.

Orange Tree

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Orange trees (Citrus sinensis), known also as sweet orange or round orange, are one of the most fragrant plants and flowers. The orange tree displays round fruit and sweet, fragrant, white orange blossoms that measure approximately 2 inches in width. The evergreen leaves are a source of fragrance. Orange trees thrive in full sun, prefer deep, well-drained soil and grow to a height of 50 feet.

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