13 Best Fragrant Indoor Plants

Infuse your home with the perfume of these scent-sational plants.

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Plants are a wonderful way to bring nature indoors even during the harshest winter weather. Even better: when those plants are also deliciously fragrant. These thirteen options in sweet-smelling plants are some of our favorites.

Azores Jasmine

Azores Jasmine

For intense fragrance, grow this jasmine. It typically flowers spring through fall, but tosses open blooms in winter, too, if growing conditions provide warmth and sun. Give it a spot near a southern-facing window. The perfume is similar to gardenia. Plants may be slow to bloom the first year. Just wait—the flower show kicks into gear as plants age. Botanical name: Jasminum azoricum

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Azores Jasmine

For intense fragrance, grow this jasmine. It typically flowers spring through fall, but tosses open blooms in winter, too, if growing conditions provide warmth and sun. Give it a spot near a southern-facing window. The perfume is similar to gardenia. Plants may be slow to bloom the first year. Just wait—the flower show kicks into gear as plants age. Botanical name: Jasminum azoricum

‘Marino Blue’ Heliotrope

‘Marino Blue’ Heliotrope

Vanilla honey describes the sweet scent of these pretty purple flowers. Plants flower year-round, and the blossoms are a sensory treat in the depth of winter. Stems tend to trail, so plan to support plants with a hoop-type stake. Botanical name: Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marino Blue’

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Ball Horticultural Company

'Marino Blue' Heliotrope

Vanilla honey describes the sweet scent of these pretty purple flowers. Plants flower year-round, and the blossoms are a sensory treat in the depth of winter. Stems tend to trail, so plan to support plants with a hoop-type stake. Botanical name: Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marino Blue’

Spearmint

Spearmint

The fragrant leaves of spearmint release their minty scent even when they’re warmed by the sun. It’s a wonderful addition to an indoor garden—easy to grow and not plagued by pests. Give it a spot near a sunny window for best growth. Harvest leaves as needed for tea or desserts. Botanical name: Mentha spicata

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Burpee

Spearmint

The fragrant leaves of spearmint release their minty scent even when they’re warmed by the sun. It’s a wonderful addition to an indoor garden—easy to grow and not plagued by pests. Give it a spot near a sunny window for best growth. Harvest leaves as needed for tea or desserts. Botanical name: Mentha spicata

Night-Blooming Jasmine

Night-Blooming Jasmine

An intense and intoxicating perfume wafts from the flowers of night-blooming jasmine each evening. Plants blossom intermittently year-round and grow rapidly. Prune as needed to retain shape. Just make sure not to prune too often, since flowers form on mature stems. Give this plant a sunny southern window for best flowering. Botanical name: Cestrum nocturnum

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Logee's Plants

Night Blooming Jasmine

An intense and intoxicating perfume wafts from the flowers of night-blooming jasmine each evening. Plants blossom intermittently year-round and grow rapidly. Prune as needed to retain shape. Just make sure not to prune too often, since flowers form on mature stems. Give this plant a sunny southern window for best flowering. Botanical name: Cestrum nocturnum

Eucalyptus 'Silverdrop'

Eucalyptus 'Silverdrop'

Made from the ground leaves of eucalyptus, this herbal tea has been used to ease bronchitis, and may lower blood sugar, but researchers warn there’s not enough scientific evidence to prove its benefits. (It may lower blood sugar too much, and should not be taken for several weeks prior to surgery.) Do not use it without consulting your doctor, and do not give it to children.

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Rob Cardillo Photography/W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

'Silverdrop' Eucalyptus

Wonderfully fragrant leaves are the scented offering on this pretty plant. Silver blue-green leaves add subtle color to indoor settings. Give it high light near a sunny south-facing window. Botanical name: Eucalyptus gunii ‘Silverdrop’

Corsican Mint

Corsican Mint

This diminutive beauty is content in even the smallest pot. Don’t let the small size fool you—this plant is big on fragrance. The leaves release a refreshing minty aroma when brushed. A sunny window yields best growth. Botanical name: Mentha requienii

Photo by: Ball Horticultural Company

Ball Horticultural Company

Corsican Mint

This diminutive beauty is content in even the smallest pot. Don’t let the small size fool you—this plant is big on fragrance. The leaves release a refreshing minty aroma when brushed. A sunny window yields best growth. Botanical name: Mentha requienii

‘Angel’s Blushing Beauty’ Angel’s Trumpet

‘Angel’s Blushing Beauty’ Angel’s Trumpet

When angel’s trumpet blooms, the fragrance fills an entire apartment. The perfume from the dangling blossoms is released at night, leading to sweetly scented dreams. The secret to success with this beauty is to give it warmth and the brightest light you can. If flowers fail to form, use indoor plant lights. Botanical name: Brugmansia ‘Angel’s Blushing Beauty’

Photo by: Logee's Plants

Logee's Plants

'Angel's Blushing Beauty' Angel's Trumpet

When angel’s trumpet blooms, the fragrance fills an entire apartment. The perfume from the dangling blossoms is released at night, leading to sweetly scented dreams. The secret to success with this beauty is to give it warmth and the brightest light you can. If flowers fail to form, use indoor plant lights. Botanical name: Brugmansia ‘Angel’s Blushing Beauty’

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

If you like lemon drops, you’ll love the scent of lemon balm. Brush or lightly rub the leaves to release the sweet lemon aroma. Pick individuals leaves for making teas or desserts. Bright light is best for shorter stems and bushy growth. Lower light yields long, lanky stems. Botanical name: Melissa officinalis

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Burpee

Lemon Balm

If you like lemon drops, you’ll love the scent of lemon balm. Brush or lightly rub the leaves to release the sweet lemon aroma. Pick individuals leaves for making teas or desserts. Bright light is best for shorter stems and bushy growth. Lower light yields long, lanky stems. Botanical name: Melissa officinalis

‘Bandera Purple’ Spanish Lavender

‘Bandera Purple’ Spanish Lavender

Lavender brings a fresh, beloved scent to indoor gardens. This beauty needs high light to grow its best. Keep plants on the dry side, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Your best bet to get plants to develop blooms is to set them outside for the summer. Botanical name: Lavandula stoechas ‘Bandera Purple’

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Burpee

'Bandera Purple' Spanish Lavender

Lavender brings a fresh, beloved scent to indoor gardens. This beauty needs high light to grow its best. Keep plants on the dry side, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Your best bet to get plants to develop blooms is to set them outside for the summer. Botanical name: Lavandula stoechas ‘Bandera Purple’

‘Fudingzhu’ Sweet Olive

‘Fudingzhu’ Sweet Olive

Sweet olive blooms release a heady, sweet fragrance that’s almost haunting. Give plants cool temperatures during winter and a spot near a south, west or east window to encourage flowering. The natural bloom time falls from September to April, so you can count on this charmer for some winter cheer. Plants won’t start flowering until they’re 6 inches tall. Botanical name: Osmanthus fragrans ‘Fudingzhu’

Photo by: Logee's Plants

Logee's Plants

'Fudingzhu' Sweet Olive

Sweet olive blooms release a heady, sweet fragrance that’s almost haunting. Give plants cool temperatures during winter and a spot near a south, west or east window to encourage flowering. The natural bloom time falls from September to April, so you can count on this charmer for some winter cheer. Plants won’t start flowering until they’re 6 inches tall. Botanical name: Osmanthus fragrans ‘Fudingzhu’

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

This beautiful bloomer opens delicate bell shape flowers with a nostalgic perfume. Typically you’ll only get one flowering from pips (the underground plant parts these plants arise from), but it will scent your entire apartment with a happy aroma. After flowering, grow the leaves for a spot of greenery, then transplant them into a park or friend’s garden for flowers in years to come. Botanical name: Convallaria majalis

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Burpee

Lily of the Valley

This beautiful bloomer opens delicate bell shape flowers with a nostalgic perfume. Typically you’ll only get one flowering from pips (the underground plant parts these plants arise from), but it will scent your entire apartment with a happy aroma. After flowering, grow the leaves for a spot of greenery, then transplant them into a park or friend’s garden for flowers in years to come. Botanical name: Convallaria majalis

‘Crown Jewel’ Gardenia

‘Crown Jewel’ Gardenia

Double blooms adorn this favorite fragrant bloomer. This is a dwarf variety that grows 2 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. Indoors, raise plants in terra-cotta pots to help prevent root rot. Water only when soil is dry. Bright light near a south, east or western window is ideal. For best flowering, provide a temperature difference of 10 to 15 degrees between day and night. Botanical name: Gardenia jasminoides ‘Crown Jewel’

Photo by: Logee's Plants

Logee's Plants

'Crown Jewel' Gardenia

Double blooms adorn this favorite fragrant bloomer. This is a dwarf variety that grows 2 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. Indoors, raise plants in terra-cotta pots to help prevent root rot. Water only when soil is dry. Bright light near a south, east or western window is ideal. For best flowering, provide a temperature difference of 10 to 15 degrees between day and night. Botanical name: Gardenia jasminoides ‘Crown Jewel’

‘Arp’ Rosemary

‘Arp’ Rosemary

This variety of rosemary is beloved for its winter hardiness outdoors, but it also makes a fine indoor plant. The secret to success is to avoid overwatering (a clay pot helps) and growing it on the cool side through winter. Harvest leaves as needed to season meats and soups. Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’

Photo by: Burpee

Burpee

'Arp' Rosemary

This variety of rosemary is beloved for its winter hardiness outdoors, but it also makes a fine indoor plant. The secret to success is to avoid overwatering (a clay pot helps) and growing it on the cool side through winter. Harvest leaves as needed to season meats and soups. Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’

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