17 favorite fragrant blossoms

Grow these bloomers to perfume your garden-and your home.

(Syringa x 'Declaration')
Star-shaped reddish purple flowers appear in large dramatic clusters in early spring. The scent is spicy sweet-the essence of spring. The deciduous shrub reaches 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide; it takes full sun, or light shade in the hottest climates. Most lilacs bloom best in regions with winter chill.

'Scarlet Pineapple' sage
(Salvia elegans)
This shrubby perennial reaches 4 feet tall, and has bright red flowers and foliage that smells like ripe pineapple.
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Lemon verbena
(Aloysia triphylla)
A tall, lanky deciduous shrub, it has lemon-scented leaves and lilac or white flowers.

Angelwing jasmine
(Jasminum laurifolium nitidum)
This semi-evergreen vine has glossy green leaves and pinwheel-shaped white flowers.
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(Heliotropium arborescens)
Though the purple varieties are more common, the white-flowered form is the most fragrant.

Many old types--including Bourbon, China, and damask--are fragrant, and more and more modern varieties, such as 'Yves Piaget', are too.
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Lemon-scented geraniums
Look for the variety 'Prince Rupert' or 'Mabel Gray'.

Mock orange
(Philadelphus coronarius)
White four-petaled flowers cover this tall shrub


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