The most beautiful fragrant flowers in the garden

The fragrant flowers intoxicate us with their exquisite scents. Their delicate petals reveal sometimes musky, honeyed or sweet nuances.

Discover a selection of plants with a sweet scent for your garden.

Scented trees

Whether it's a small subject at the edge of a terrace or a large tree at the bottom of the garden, it releases a scent that scents the outside.


  • Variety: Magnolia stellata
  • Flowering period: March April
  • Ornamental interest: before its leaves appear, Magnolia stellata is covered with a shower of white star-shaped flowers in early spring
  • Perfume: light, vanilla and lemon
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : fresh, neutral to acid

Lime & other citrus fruits

  • Variety: Citrus aurantifolia
  • Flowering period: March April
  • Ornamental interest: in addition to offering juicy and tart fruits, the lemon tree has the advantage of having evergreen green foliage and decorative white blooms
  • Perfume: sweet neroli
  • Exhibition: Sun
  • Ground : rich, fresh but drained, neutral to acidic

Scented flowering shrubs

At the bottom of a massif or along a hedge, flowering shrubs offer changing scenes. If they are fragrant, even better!

The gardenia

  • Variety: Gardenia jasminoides ‘Perfumed Petticoats’
  • Flowering period: from May to September
  • Ornamental interest: from spring, this shrub is covered with white, double, elegant and open flowers
  • Perfume: powerful, intense and voluptuous
  • Exhibition: half shade
  • Ground : drained, rich, neutral to acidic


  • Variety: Philadelphus 'Virginal'
  • Flowering period: June July
  • Ornamental interest: this flowering variety unveils flowers of immaculate white, simple and with yellow stamens
  • Perfume: marked, reminiscent of orange blossom
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : limestone

Flowering perennials and fragrant annuals

These more or less tall flowering stems make up our varied beds. Of all shapes and colors, some species even claim to be fragrant.

Chocolate cosmos

  • Variety: Cosmos atrosanguineus ‘Chocamocha’
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Ornamental interest: its velvet petals and heartwarming purple-brown color justify its French name
  • Perfume: chocolate and vanilla
  • Exhibition: Sun
  • Ground : drained and rich

Lily of the valley

  • Variety: Convallaria majalis
  • Flowering period: April May
  • Ornamental interest: its charming little white bells work wonders on your shaded spaces
  • Perfume: fresh, subtle
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : fresh, rich, supple, neutral to lime

Scented climbers

A stone's throw from the terrace, scented climbing plants colonize the pergolas. They then create an intoxicating scent blanket.

Star jasmine

  • Variety: Jasminoid trachelospermum
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Ornamental interest: this climber has the advantage of having evergreen foliage accompanied by a multitude of small white star-shaped flowers in spring
  • Perfume: heady, sweet
  • Exhibition: Sun
  • Ground : deep and loose


  • Variety: Wisteria sinensis
  • Flowering period: April May
  • Ornamental interest: the famous clusters of mauve flowers basking on a gnarled wood make all the charm of the wisteria
  • Perfume: evokes honey
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : deep, rich, drained, neutral to acidic

Aromatic leaves

It’s not just flowers that give off a scent. Crumple the foliage of these plants between your hands, you will smell an odor which will allow you to recognize them later.

Mexican orange

  • Variety: Choisya ternata
  • Flowering period: April May
  • Ornamental interest: its bushy shape, its rounded medium green foliage and its white flowers in spring make this shrub a sure bet in the garden
  • Perfume: lemony, fresh foliage and lightly scented flowers
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : fresh and drained


  • Variety: Eucalyptus gunii
  • Flowering period: August September
  • Ornamental interest: it is undeniably the small round bluish and purple leaves that make all the charm of this tree
  • Perfume: foliage with a strong and fresh scent
  • Exhibition: Sun
  • Ground : drained, neutral to lime

But also …

Buddleia, azalea, viburnum, carnation, thyme, sweet pea, certain hydrangeas, mahonia, geranium, hawthorn, clematis, honeysuckle, roses ...

Did you know ? In winter, you can't smell flowers because of the humidity in the air. Make a bouquet with mahonia flowers and tuck it inside. Once dry, the flowers will give off an intoxicating scent!

Video: Top 5 fragrant flowers nice smelling flowers (June 2021).