Most scented flowers

Updated February 21, 2017

Many common flowers are only lightly scented, while some flowers have a scent so strong as to turn your entire garden into an aromatic delight. Nothing brings a gardener more joy than taking a stroll through her garden and breathing in the the fragrant aroma of sweet-smelling flowers.

Sweet peas

The climbing sweet pea annual features a variety of coloured flowers growing 2 to 2.5 metres (6 to 8 feet) tall. One of the most rewarding aspects of having this plant in your garden is the strong, lovely scent given off by the flowers. The sweet pea plant can also be used for decoration due to the long life of fresh cut sweet pea flowers, in early summer.


The lilac shrub gives off a strong perfume-like scent. Lilac plants come in over 1,000 varieties. Some of the most fragrant of these include, excel, Rhum von Horstenstein, and Henri Robert. Lilacs commonly grow to a height of 1.2 to 2.5 metres (4 to 8 feet), but there are some varieties that have grown up to 9 metres (30 feet).


The lavender perennial offers gardeners highly scented, sweet smelling flower covered in purple spikes. Loved its aromatic qualities, the lavender plant is often cut back and used for scented sachets, potpourri and essential oils, which are extracted for aromatherapy use.


Rose shrubs come in an abundance of different varieties and sizes, with some climbing roses reaching up to 9 metres (30 feet) in height. Some of these varieties have no scent, while some are highly scented. Roses give off their strongest intoxicating fragrances on warm, sunny days. Pink, coral and red coloured roses usually produce the familiar "rose" scent, while yellow and white roses give off a fragrance closer to that of violet, orris or lemon.


The Daphne shrub grows 60 to 90 cm (two to three feet) tall, as rewards you with its powerfully scented flower clusters. These may-blooming flowers range in colours from light pink to white.

Evening Stock

The evening stock annual flower, which grows 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inches) tall, is an heirloom plant with flowers ranging in colour from purple, to cream and white to pink. This night-blooming plant produces strong fragrances similar to that of the lily. The evening stock flower is a perfect addition to any window box.

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Rachel Turner has been writing professionally since 2000, focusing on gardening and home improvement topics. Her articles have appeared online at SlowTravel and in publications such as the "Arkansas Gardeners," "One Step Ahead" and "Writers Now." Turner holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arkansas State University.