Top 10 Fragrant Houseplants

Add color and scent to your home with these wonderfully scented specimens.

There are many reasons to grow plants indoors - they clean the air, soften and infuse our decor with nature, and reduce the amount of stress we feel. There are a stunning array of leaf colors and textures to brighten spirits even on the shortest, dreariest winter days. But that's not all: Pick carefully and they also provide scent - from rich and flowery to warm and spicy. Read on to discover some of our favorite fragrant indoor plants.

1. Scented Geranium


Start exploring the world of scented geraniums and you'll be amazed at the range of aromas they offer: Choose from rose, lemon, lime, nutmeg, ginger, or chocolate scents, just to name a few. They also present a lovely range of leaf shapes, from lacy to shield. And many have soft, fuzzy foliage that's as fun to touch as it is to smell.

2. Arabian Jasmine

Arabian jasmine flowers almost all year long if it gets enough light. The starry, pure-white flowers produce a soft, flowery fragrance and are used to make jasmine tea.

3. Citrus

You're sure to fall in love with the sweet scent of orange, lemon, grapefruit, or other citrus blossoms. Most are surprisingly easy to grow, provided you give them enough light. If you're patient, you may even get to enjoy homegrown fruits.

4. Eucalyptus

While most gardeners don't think of eucalyptus as a houseplant, this easy-growing tree makes a pretty showpiece indoors in a high-light spot. It offers blue-gray foliage with a distinct aroma when you rub it.

5. Sweet Bay

An attractive slow-growing shrub that may become a small tree, sweet bay shows off shiny green leaves with a savory, herbal scent. Use the leaves in soups, stews, and other delicious winter treats.

6. Gardenia

Renowned for being one of the most fragrant flowers around, gardenia is a lovely, but tricky houseplant. Its glossy green leaves put the spotlight on the single or double white flowers that emit a heavy, flowery scent.

7. Stephanotis

A favorite flower for wedding bouquets, stephanotis shows off starry white flowers with a waxlike texture. Each bloom emits a delightful floral fragrance. It's attractive even when not in bloom because of its shiny dark green leaves.

8. Orange Jessamine

Orange jessamine makes for a beautiful foliage plant when it's not flowering. But it delights the nose as much as the eyes when it bursts into bloom with clusters of long-lasting white flowers that smell like orange blossoms.

9. 'Tea Rose' Begonia

Begonias are old-fashioned favorites. While most aren't scented, use your nose while shopping to discover varieties such as 'Tea Rose' that are. This beauty offers clusters of fragrant pink flowers over lustrous green leaves.

10. Corsage Orchid

Showy corsage orchids are so lovely to look at that it may not occur to give them a sniff. But like begonias, there are some selections that are wonderfully scented.

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