The Q&A Archives: Fragrant Flowers

Question: Where could I find a listing of fragrant flower names? I need something that is not very hard to grow. I do not have much of a green thumb! However, I love flowers.

Answer: I didn't find a list of fragrant flowers in any of my references. Usually fragrance is listed as a characteristic in the plant description. Here are some fragrant flowers that are easy to grow: sweet peas, stock, and nicotiana, which are all sun lovers. Lily-of-the-valley requires a shaded, moist location with rich soil. Phlox, bee balm, and heliotrope are other fragrant flowers. You might also consider some of the herbs, such as lavender (best started from transplants as germination can be difficult) and scented geraniums, which have foliage that comes in many "flavors" such as rose, citrus, peppermint and more. These both take full sun but require well-draining soil.

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