Fragrant Plants: Fragrant Indoor Plants That Will Make Your Home Smell Incredible

Fragrant plants

Fragrant plants or aromatic plants are an excellent choice for bringing a touch of freshness to your home. A good smell inside your home makes it more comfortable and welcoming, helps keep the air clean and can even boost your mood. Here we are not talking about these chemical deodorants, but about fragrance flowers and plants that smell good.

Find out in this article the best indoor fragrant plants that you can grow at home to decorate it and perfume it at the same time.

The best fragrant indoor plants

Bouvardia longiflora

Scented Bouvardia
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Scented Bouvardia (Bouvardia longiflora) is a tropical flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae. It is native to Central America. During Autumn, this aroma plant produces tubular pink, red or white flowers with flared ends that occur in loose clusters at stem ends. The scent of these flowers is intensely fragrant with a sweet smell. Florists can commonly offere Bouvardia as a cut flower because it lasts a long time in a vase (often 15 days).

Gardenia jasminoides

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Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) is an evergreen flowering plant in the coffee family Rubiaceae. It is native to parts of South-East Asia. Gardenia has some of the most amazingly fragrant flowers that will perfectly adorn your interior and reward you with a show of exquisite, delicately scented blooms. Then, don’t be disappointed if these good smelling plants don’t bloom in the first year. Also, be patient and make sure that all of the growing conditions are met and your Gardenia will be producing lovely smelling flowers in no time. The plant absolutely needs bright, indirect light, a temperature above 20°C at all times and prefers acidic soils.

Melissa officinalis

Lemon balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a bushy, perennial herb belonging to the mint family.  This plant can be a bright, clean-smelling addition to your home. The tight, oval leaves of this plant emit a fragrant lemon scent when rubbed between the fingers. Lemon balm is an easy to grow houseplant which needs minimal care and fertilization. In the warmer seasons, it can be moved outdoors, where it will attract bees and repel insects. Beyond its aromatic properties, lemon balm is an extremely useful specimen. Cut the leaves often to flavor soups, salads, sauces and ice creams. You can also brew the leaves to make lemon balm tea, a therapeutic drink that lifts mood, improves sleep, relieves pain, and more.

Pelargonium crispum

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Geranium (Pelargonium crispum) is an erect, much-branched shrub belonging to the Geraniaceae family. It is native to South Africa that is not very hardy. This plant is among the very highly scented plants that we particularly appreciate for its decorative foliage composed of small and pretty flowers. It gives off a delicious lemon scent. We can also easily grow the scented Geranium in pots which requires a sunny position and is able to withstand very high temperatures. Furthermore, by infusing a few fragrant leaves in a bowl of water, you can create a natural, home-grown air freshener for any room in the house.


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Orchids are beautiful plants that come in all colors with a wide variety of blooms. They also each have their own unique scent. These plants aren’t too difficult to care for if you provide them with plenty of indirect light and the right location. Some orchid varieties that smell great include:

  • Brassavola nodosa: the small white flowers exhale, especially at night, a deep and heady fragrance that mixes lemony notes with the deep fragrance of jasmine. This is what earned her the name of “lady of the night”.
  • Cymbidium (Golden Elf): lemony plant scents with bright yellow flowers
  • Miltoniopsis santanaei: a rose fragrance with lovely white flowers

Jasminum polyanthum

Chinese jasmine
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Chinese jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is a delightful vine, perfect for growing in the conservatory or a large, well-lit bathroom. This Jasmine species is one of those ith fragrant flowers. Moreover, this house plant produces clusters of star-shaped, good smell flowers that give off a wonderful sweet scent at night, leaving you with the feeling that you’re living in the tropics. Jasmine is fairly easy to grow but does best with plenty of water and sunlight. Then, Be sure to add a stake so its vines have something to grab onto.

Cyclamen persicum

Persian Cyclamen
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Persian Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) is a species of flowering herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the Primulaceae family. This bulbous plant is very decorative and seduces us with its abundant and fragrant flowering. Moreover, the cyclamen flowers between September and May. After the flowering period, the plant enters a period of vegetative rest. It is therefore recommended to place the foot in a dry and dark place.


Hoya plant
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Hoya known also as wax plants are tropical indoor plants belonging to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. These plants have vibrant waxy green leaves hence their name. The particularity of these beautiful plants is their sweet and fragrant, umbrella-shaped flowers produced in summer. Gardeners commonly offer Hoya lanceolata subsp. bella and Hoya carnosa, which are otherwise very difficult to distinguish, because of their waxy white flowers with a pink heart. Be careful, the plant should not be moved when the flower buds are formed because they fall easily; it is a very homelike plant that does not like to be disturbed.

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