fragrant flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Carmel, Ca
Question by thepolovneff
March 17, 2010
1. What kinds of jasmine have fragrance and white or pink flowers?
2. What other plants have strong fragrance and flowers?

Answer from NGA
March 17, 2010


Lots of plants are fragrant. Here's a short list:
Evening stock (M. longipetala) Small lilac colored blossoms with powerful lily-like perfume; excellent for window boxes and pots.

Nicotiana - flowering tobaccos (Nicotiana alata, sylvestris, suaveolens) Plants with tubular white flowers, fragrant mostly at night.

Four-o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa and M. longiflora) Multicolored trumpet flowers cover bushy 2-foot-high plants. M. longiflora has white flowers with orange-blossom scent.

Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) Large violet or white flowerheads with a vanilla/cherry pie scent.

Mignonette (Reseda odorata) Powerful vanilla/raspberry fragrance from small yellowish flowers; attracts beneficial insects; direct sow in early spring.

Night phlox (Zaluzianskya ovata ) Unusual snowflake flowers are strongly fragrant at night.

Peruvian daffodil (Hymenocallis species) Especially 'Sulfur Queen'; white or yellow spidery summer-blooming bulb; 18 inches high; perennial in zones 8-10.

Petunia (Petunia) Many modern varieties have little fragrance, but old-fashioned white or purple vining types release a strong lily-like fragrance at dusk.

Stock (Matthiola incana) Spicy clove-scented flower spikes; excellent cut flowers; thrives in cool weather.

Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) Low-growing groundcover with honey-scented white flowers; highly attractive to beneficial insects.

As for fragrant jasmines, this is very subjective -- what I find to be the most fragrant jasmine plant may not be the same one you would choose. I can give you suggestions, but ultimately you need to smell the jasmine plants for themselves and decide which has the most appealing fragrance.

Here are a few that many people enjoy:
Cestrum nocturnum, Jasminum sambac 'Belle of India', J. sambac 'Grand Duke of Tuscany', J. azoricum, J. grandiflorum, J. fluminense.

Best wishes with your fragrant garden!

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