The Q&A Archives: Fragrant House plants or Flowers

Question: What are the best Fragrant flowers to grow inside an apt. that gets direct sun all after noon and bright light early morning?

Answer: There are several plants for you to choose from:
Jasmine - These plants are both beautiful and exotic, with profuse white flowers that have an intoxicating fragrance. The best one for indoor growing is the Jasminum sambac or ?Maid of New Orleans?. This Jasmine has a busy growth habit and is great for a sunny windowsill. Keep the soil moist but not wet and don?t let it dry out. It will reward you with gorgeous blooms and fragrance all year long. Another fragrant variety to try is the Orange Jasmine.

Passion Flower 'Fragrant Granadilla' - Fragrant Granadilla, also know as wingstem passionflower, is native to the Amazon region of Brazil where it is cultivated for its highly prized fruit. This rare variety is very similar to Giant Granadilla (Passiflora quadrangularis) but don?t grow as large and have slightly smaller blooms. Owing to its name, Fragrant Granadilla has very fragrant flowers and is a definite favorite among passion flowers. A vigorous grower from 10 to 20 feet, it flowers in late summer to fall with absolutely stunning deep red blooms about 4-5" across with fascinating violet & white striped filaments. These are only hardy in frost free zones but are excellent for container growing or as inside houseplants.

Aglaia odorata - 'Chinese Perfume Plant': Tiny yellow flowers with a delicate, sweet fragrance bloom throughout the year. It is a slow grower with an upright, bushy habit. Grow in an eastern or western window.

Brunfelsia Australis - 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow': Named for flowers that fade from a rich blue-violet to white, this plant produces grape-scented blooms throughout the year.

Hoya: Many hoyas with their waxy, stunning flowers provide fragrance to the indoors. They like a bright southern or western window and prefer drying out between waterings. Most bloom summer through fall.

Hoya australis have red-centered white flowers with a chocolate-vanilla fragrance. Bright-green leaves.

Hoya coronaria is a reliable bloomer that produces small clusters of deliciously fragrant white blooms in spring and summer. It's a trailer and does well as a topiary or in a hanging basket.

Hoya lacunosa has cinnamon-scented clusters of yellow-centered white flowers. Small, glossy, dark-green leaves and thin trailing stems make it a good hanging-basket plant. Blooms constantly.

Hoya odorata produces large, fragrant, white star-shaped flowers with yellow centers throughout the year.

Hope you have room for one of each!

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