Five Fragrant Plants Your Sweetheart Will Love!
By Laurelynn Martin
Some plants have inviting and intoxicating scents that can transport us out of our ordinary everyday routine to a place of delightful bliss. The olfactory senses are linked to memory, and these unusual flowers add to the sweet memories of life – just in time for Valentine’s Day…
Some of my favorite plant fragrances come from the Brugmansias or Angel’s Trumpets. Our newest hybrid, Brugmansia ‘Angel’s Pink Profusion’ is heavily laden with pink trumpets that give off an intoxicating nighttime fragrance. The flowers are 9” long and 6” wide and are not only magnificent to look at but give off an inviting scent. Blooming from spring through fall, ‘Angel’s Pink Profusion’ makes a wonderful potted plant as a focal point in a garden or patio or can be used as a hanging basket in a sunny spot.
If you are looking for an unusual floral fragrance, then the Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) is a must. A member of the Chinese magnolia family, the creamy yellow flowers have a purple blush and give off a banana-like fragrance when the sun shines directly on the flower. It blooms year-round but most heavily during late winter into early spring.
When talking about fragrant flowers, gardenias and jasmines always come to mind. Some favorites in these categories are Butterfly Gardenia (Tabernaemontana coronaria plena) and Azores Jasmine (Jasminum azoricum). Each of these carries a unique fragrance:
Butterfly Gardenia, although not a true gardenia, is in the genera Tabernaemontana and is actually easier to grow than the true gardenia. It makes a wonderful windowsill plant with its compact growth habit. The double, white, fragrant flowers appear on new growth from spring to fall and carry a light scent by day and after dark, their fragrance intensifies. Another plus is that Butterfly Gardenia has a strong root system and can tolerate low light and cool temperatures.
Azores Jasmine’s is a native of the Azores, and this vigorous vine blooms from spring to fall. Clusters of pure white, multi-petaled flowers emerge from the growing tips over several weeks and they emit a tantalizing scent. Grow in full sun in warm temperatures to mimic its native habitat on the islands.
Panama Rose (Rondeletia leucophylla) is another favorite for its clusters of rose-red, fragrant flowers. Wonderfully sweet and colorful during the winter months, it blooms all the way into June. When grown outside, Panama Rose attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. The fragrance of Panama Rose intensifies after dark and gives off a delightful sweet smell. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil.
These five fragrant plants can be grown inside during the cooler months and moved outside during the warm summer months. Wherever you grow them, be sure to find a spot where you can enjoy their delightful fragrance day and night and create new memories of the sweetest scents nature has to offer. You can learn more below about these fragrant plants below: