One of the desires of gardeners is to grow the flowers that will envelop their property with sweet and magical scents. Unfortunately, not all flowers smell so enchantingly, so you have to know which varieties to plant and nurture.

There is nothing better than to wake up in the morning surrounded by the colours and smells of your beautiful garden. In addition, the sleep will come easier when you close your eyes and surrender to the fragrances of nature you created on your property.

If you want to have one of these heavenly gardens, then here are the flowers you should plant to make your backyard smell amazing.


Nerium oleander is a shrub otherwise known as only oleander or Nerium that produces clusters of flowers with a sweet scent. This plant is one of the most toxic ones you can grow in the household, so make sure you handle it with gloves and care. And make sure it is out of the reach of kids. Oleander is native to Morocco and Portugal, but the Mediterranean regions are rich with it.

Its flowers are white, red and pink and the plant is very tolerant to high temperatures, drought and less fertilized soils. Experienced gardeners suggest regular pruning to avoid unruly growth, and to move the plant indoors during the winter.


Jasmine is one of those plants that make your garden look lavish and rich. Many find its sweet smell good for calming the nerves so it’s no wonder people like to plant them near the windows. Its fragrance is the strongest in the evening producing a musky scent that will engulf the entire garden. Jasmine has star-shaped, white flowers surrounded by shrubbery branches and leaves which make it look great on the fence.


Gardenia has a common presence in gardens because of its fragrance and gorgeous flowers it produces. This is an evergreen shrub which likes the heat so you won’t have much trouble growing them in soil or pots. However, the moment the temperatures start to fall, take them inside since they are very sensitive to cold weather. Outside, make sure that they have some shade, while when inside they should be kept in the sunlight.


There are so many types of dianthus that you can choose from different shapes and colours. Maybe the most famous varieties are carnations and Sweet William, although others like pinks are frequent in the gardens. Dianthus has a spicy scent which usually resembles cinnamon or clove, while the flowers can come in pink, red, white and mixed colours. No matter if you choose the annual or perennial type, keep them in the full sun and make sure that the soil is well drained.


Lavender is a violet plant resembling wildflowers in the meadows. It has a soothing scent often suggested for better sleep and high-stressed people. Its oil is a very common ingredient in cosmetic products like shampoos and soaps, while pillows filled with dried lavender are recommended for insomniacs.


There are many benefits to growing calendula and you will get more than sweet fragrant and beautiful summer colours. Also known as Marigolds, these flowers are harvested for their therapeutic benefits as ingredients in creams, and sometimes even for food. Even the leaves are fragrant and you will get a wonderful combination of aromas in your flower garden.


The classic additions to the garden are roses. Some may even consider them as boring since they are so frequently planted, but there is nothing ordinary about them. They come in different sizes and colours, some have stronger scents while others spread sweet fragrances when in full bloom.

Roses are not so easy to grow, as many believe. They require carefully chosen place, regular pruning and hydration so keep the water hoses and tools nearby. Honey Perfume variety is especially fragrant while Radiant Perfume carries a more citrusy smell. Other noticeable types are sweet Heritage, engulfing Fragrant Plum and the favourite one of the perfume industry Autumn Damask.

In the end

Whichever flowers you prefer, take a good and recommended care of them so that they may grant you with heavenly smells as long as possible. Some varieties may require more care, while others will be easy to cultivate, but the amazing fragrances are worth the effort. Moreover, you will have a colourful garden to visually decorate your home and hug your property with gorgeous scents.


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  • I love my roses, Lilac, Lavender, Freesias, Gardenias and Jasmine but Oleander is a big no-no – highly toxic and I will not have it in my garden! So many pretty and fragrant plants to choose from!


  • I have lavender and roses, but not the others. I am looking to fill my garden with colour, preferably ones that bloom for most of the year, as I find the look of them to enhance or create a more positive mood and they can be seen from the window if not outside. I do love the smell of lavender and when my plants grow bigger will dry some to use, calming scents under pillows etc. The great thing is though that nice smelling plants look beautiful too, so I will have to look into getting some of these on this list. Very helpful!


  • This is always been a pleasure to have a beautiful fragrance around you. If you want to have one of these heavenly gardens you need to pick the healthy, beautiful and lasting fragrance. It also helps you to make natural perfume which you can use in different places.


  • Jasmine is a real delight to have


  • We have roses and gardenias in our garden but something that smells better than these is the basil we grow that has gone a little uncontrollable but all comes in handy


  • Some of these flowers I adore and some quite the opposite.


  • Gosh I’m sorry but it isn’t a great start to a story …Oleander:This plant is one of the most toxic ones you can grow in the household, so make sure you handle it with gloves and care. And make sure it is out of the reach of kids. THINK it’s best to AVOID this one.
    Jasmine: Many find its sweet smell good for calming the nerves, well actually it gives me a headache.
    Lavender: I love lavender and yes I find it soothing and promotes sleep but my daughter hates lavender and it gives her a headache.
    Can’t go past good old roses or carnations they are divine.


  • We have Jasmine, Lavender, Roses, Gardenia and Freesias – the garden smells delightful all year round!


  • I love roses, all colours!

    • Some roses have the sweetest fragrances and visually roses are stunning.


  • I’ve got quite some lavender in my garden. It doesn’t require much job, grows beautifully and it attracts so many bees. I love it. I’d like to have some jasmine too.


  • I’m starting to plant some flowers in my garden, I have a few at the moment. I love daffodils and gerberas.


  • I quite like the smell of lavender but many people don’t seem to like it.


  • GArdenia and roses are my favourite and when walking past you can smell the beautiful fresh flowers


  • I love all of these flowers! I want ones that don’t require much maintenance though


  • I love roses and look so forward to when they blossom!


  • If only I didn’t kill all the plants I could have a great smelling garden.


  • These flowers are beautiful, but I’m more of a fruit and veggie grower myself


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