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The Best Fragrant Evergreens

Fragrant evergreens are doubly blessed. They stay green year-round and they have a wonderful aroma to entice a garden. Aromatic evergreens can have their scent in their leaves or in their blooms. Choices for fragrant evergreen plants include jasmine, gardenias and lilies.

Night blooming Jasmine

The night blooming jasmine, Cestrum nocturnum, is an evergreen fragrant vine that attracts butterflies. This is a very easy-to-grow plant. Leaves are smooth and 4 to 8 inches long with stems making a mound up to 12 feet wide. Flowers are greenish white, tubular, and give way to shiny white berries. Flowers have a sweet fragrance. Plant a night blooming jasmine in light soil in full or filtered sun. Propagate via stem cuttings. The fragrance and ease of growing make this a best selection.


The lemongrass plant, Cymbopogon citratus, is a fast-growing evergreen that is a fragrant perennial. This grass gets as high as 6 feet in clumps with straplike leaves up to an inch wide and 3 feet long. Leaves smell citrusy when crushed. Plant a lemongrass in fertile loamy soil with sun. Propagate via spring or summer clump division or by seed. Lemongrass is used in flavorings and medicine, and has the ability to make lemongrass oil, making it a best selection.


The gardenia, Gardenia augusta, is a fragrant evergreen that can get 6 to 8 feet tall with bright green or dark green leaves and a spring to summer flowering white bloom. Plant a gardenia in moist well drained soil in partial shade to sun. Propagate via cuttings in the summer. This is a best selection due to its fragrant flowers and the beautiful glossy foliage.

Yellow Anise

The yellow anise, Illicium parviflorum, is a fragrant drought resistant evergreen with a height over 20 feet tall and widths of 10 to 15 feet. Leaves are 3 1/2 to 5 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide. They are fragrant and used in potpourris. Flowers are greenish yellow and under an inch. Plant a yellow anise in sandy acidic soil and full shade to sun. Propagate via cuttings and seed. This makes the list for its low maintenance and the scent of the blooms.

Grand Crinum Lily

The grand crinum lily, Crinum asiaticum, is a fragrant evergreen that is a perennial and drought resistant. It will get up to 5 feet tall with dark green leaves up to 3 feet long. Flowers are tube like, white, and in clusters. Plant a grand crinum lily in well drained soil in sun or partial shade. Propagate via clump division. This is a best selection for its easy-to-grow style and the low maintenance factor.

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