8 of the Best-Smelling Plants to Grow at Home

Cape Jasmine (Gardenia jasminoides)

A large shrub boasting 3-inch fragrant flowers, Cape Jasmine thrives in acidic, consistently moist, well-drained soils. While it can handle full sun, partial shade in hot climates is preferable. Remember to fertilize during the growing season.

Common Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

This fast-growing climbing shrub features clusters of fragrant white flowers that thrive in full sun to part shade. Regular pruning after blooming encourages new growth and more blooms. Ensure the soil is moist and well-drained.

Frangipani (Plumeria sp.)

A stunning small tree renowned for its fragrant blooms, Frangipani prefers full sun and well-drained soil with occasional deep watering. Fertilize with a phosphorus-rich formulation to promote healthy growth.

Ylang Ylang Tree (Cananga odorata)

Producing incredibly fragrant blooms, the Ylang Ylang tree enjoys full sun and nutrient-rich soil. Regular fertilization every three to four months is essential for optimal growth and fragrance.

Butterfly Ginger Lily (Hedychium coronarium)

With an appealing spicy scent, this perennial prefers full sun to part shade and consistently moist to wet soil high in organic matter.

Orange Jessamine (Murraya paniculata)

Versatile and trainable into a small tree or hedge, Orange Jessamine thrives in morning sun and afternoon shade. Ensure well-drained, rich soil and provide balanced fertilizer throughout the year.

Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

Releasing its sweet fragrance only at night, this plant prefers full sun to part shade and rich, well-drained soil. Regular watering and balanced fertilization are key, along with annual pruning to maintain foliage.

Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)

These lovely perennials boast an intense scent and come in various colors. Plant them in the fall in the ground or planters, ensuring they receive six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Keep bulbs away from children and pets as they are toxic if ingested.