Sweet smelling flowering shrubs

I love having great smelling shrubs and plants in my garden, especially near the entrance way to my home. Some of the best smelling flowers that you will find in nature grow on shrubs. With that being said, I decided to create a list of 10 of the most fragrant shrubs that I could find for others who love to garden that feel the same way.

In this gallery, we are going to look at a lot of different variations, so you are sure to find one that fits your personality and the other plants that you have growing in your garden.

1) Gardenia

This is a beautiful bush that has a large, white flower that smells quite exquisite. They grow best in full sun, but they can also grow in light shade as well. You will need to have moist, well-drained soil for the shrub to thrive. If the soil is too soggy, the buds will not open. They prefer acidic soil and high humidity. These plants like warmer temperatures, so ideally, the temperature should be between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, even at night. They tend to grow best in zones seven through 10.

2) Star Jasmine

This large bush will create small star-shaped flowers that are white. They are great for training to grow along a garden wall or on a trellis in your garden. With the right support, this is a plant that can reach 30 feet tall, but it can remain as a ground cover if you prefer. It will do well in full sun; however, in extremely hot locations, it may need to be shaded during the warmest part of the day. It will grow best in soil that drains well, and it will grow in hardiness zones seven through 10.

3) Viburnum

The viburnum is a shrub that is native to North America. It creates lovely vibrant flowers in the spring of the year, and the flowers, which smell delightful, can be white, cream, or pink. The flowers grow in clusters that look very similar to hydrangea flower with lace on top of them. They grow best in well-drained soil and partial shade, but they can tolerate full sun as well. This is a species that does not mind a little cold, so it can grow in zones four through eight.

4) Daphne Pink

This is a rounded shrub that can grow to be about three to five feet tall. The flowers grow in clusters that range in color from white to pink. They are quite fragrant to have in your garden, and they prefer slightly acidic soil that is well-drained and moist. This is a shrub that can grow in partial sun or partial shade, and they grow best in hardiness zones four through nine. This is a poisonous plant though, so if you have pets, be careful where you plant it.

5) Sensation Lilac

All lilac smell amazing, but this one is one of my favorite because it has such a strong floral scent. The blooms are deep purple, and the plant can easily grow to be about 20 feet high. It can grow in partial shade and well-drained, slightly alkaline soil. The flower does not need to be pruned a lot, but cutting the stem when the flower is done blooming will help it produce more blooms. In general, these shrubs will thrive in zones four through seven.

6) Gertrude Jekyll’ Rose

This is a lovely English Rose bush that produces beautiful double blooms that have a very fragrant smell. They tend to grow best in zones four through eight, and they can be trained to climb if you want them to. When this plant is trained to grow a certain way, it can grow to be eight to 10 feet long. It prefers to grow in full to partial sun, and it will grow best in a sandy, clay-like soil that is well-drained. In addition, the scent that this shrub creates will attract butterflies to your garden.

7) Summersweet Clethra

This is a lovely shrub that will grow to be between five and eight feet tall. It has lovely white clusters of flowers that bloom the spring of each year, but they can also be pink on some plants. They will grow best in zones four through nine, and this shrub will look great as a border on the edge of your garden. It will grow best with six hours of sunlight each day. It will also thrive in well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Also, the sweet smell of the blooms is great for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your outdoor space.

8) Purple-Leaf Sandcherry

This is a beautiful shrub that is quite colorful, which can add a lot to your outdoor garden. It actually has purple foliage that is unique for most plants. It can grow to be up to 10 feet tall as well as wide, so it can take up a lot of space. It can easily grow in zones two through eight, and it should be grown in full sun because too much shade will make the leaves turn to a bronze-green coloration. The flowers are white or light pink, and they will begin to appear during April.

9) Angel’s Trumpet

This is a tropical plant that smells delightful. The flowers are shaped like a trumpet that dangles from the shrub, and they also produce a strong smell that is even more fragrant at night. This is a toxic plant that should not even be touched without gloves, so it is crucial that you are aware of this if you have small children around. A mature plant can grow to be up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. It prefers to grow in full sun in zones nine through 11.

10) Abelia Chinensis

This is an aromatic plant that is perfect for attracting butterflies to your garden. It creates pink, white, or cream blooms in the early summer of the year, and when it matures, the shrub can grow to be up to eight feet high. It grows best in well-drained soil and full sun. This is a plant that makes lovely cut flowers as well, so if you are searching your garden to make a bouquet, this is a great option. It grows best in zones seven through nine.

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The 10 Best Smelling Plants in South Florida

Plants can offer more than good looks and curb appeal—and flowers are more than eye candy for your South Florida property when you choose aromatic plants that smell great. You can literally enhance the sensory experience of your outdoor living space by selecting plants with fragrant blooms, leaves or bark. There is the subtle yet true cinnamon scent from the peeling bark of the aptly named Cinnamon Bark tree—and the floral perfume aroma from gardenia. Great smelling plants and trees add another layer of interest to your landscape that you can’t see, but you can experience.

So, what are some of the best smelling plants in South Florida to enhance your landscape? Here are 10 you can include in your landscape.

Gardenia

The fragrant, white blossoms diffuse a characteristic floral scent into the landscapes. Gardenia is best suited in smaller beds or garden spaces—even large containers—where you can ensure nutrient-rich soil. Unfortunately, the sandy soils we have here in South Florida can make growing many great-smelling plants like Gardenia a challenge, because they need rich, healthy soils to thrive. (More on that below when we address maintenance.) So, plan on fertilizing regularly and treating for pests. Your reward for this TLC is an aromatic beauty.

Night-Blooming Jasmine

This evergreen shrub can grow up to 10 feet high and spreads about 6 feet wide. What’s interesting about this fragrant plant is that it blooms after dark, so it’s a great addition to your patio or poolside landscaping, where you can enjoy some evening, scented foliage. Just be sure to plant it in partial shade and fertilize it regularly. It, too, must have nutrient-rich soil to thrive.

Cinnamon Bark Tree

This tree loves South Florida’s hammock and the Keys. Its fragrant bark peels off, making the trunk texturally interesting and pleasant smelling. The cinnamon bark tree blooms with red cluster flowers, and the tree’s berries ripen to a red at the end of its branches. This isn’t the same cinnamon tree used to make the spice you use in your kitchen, but the bark’s scent carries that savory cinnamon smell.

Arabian Jasmine

Add a fragrant green wall to your landscape by planting Arabian Jasmine on a trellis, arbor or pergola. It has a glossy foliage and clusters of flowers in white, yellow or red.

Angel Wing Jasmine

This spreading shrub is an ideal ground cover because of its vine-like growth. It blooms large, fragrant pinwheel shaped flowers that are white with purple accents. While not all jasmine flowers are fragrant, you can count on the Angel Wing to bring a sweet smell to your South Florida property.

Confederate Jasmine

This plant is native to China and a fast-growing vine that will climb up trellises, arbors and other structures. (Be careful not to plant it too close to trees unless you want a trunk wrapped with its tendrils.) The flowers of Confederate Jasmine are small and white—but size says nothing about the fragrance this plant brings to the landscape. It is very aromatic and can create a sweet-smelling garden wall.

Almond Tree

This compact flowering shrub puts out spires of white blooms that are the length of your finger. When you get close to the tree, you can smell the sweet almond scent.

Allspice

This smaller tree will grow up to about 40 feet tall and produces large leaves that are up to 8 inches long—and responsible for the delicious allspice scent. The tree grows small white flowers that turn into a brownish berry, which can be picked and dried for use in cooking. Because the tree is slow-growing, it won’t outpace other plants in your landscape despite its size.

Bay Rum

Smaller than the allspice tree, and in the same family, the Bay Rum is similar in how its fragrance is held in aromatic leaves. Bay Rum’s essence has been used in men’s cologne. The tree produces small, white puffs of flowers that turn into oval-shaped black fruit.

Ylang Ylang Tree

If you know Chanel No. 5, you’ve smelled the fragrance of Ylang Ylang, a tree that’s native to China and grows well here in South Florida. This larger specimen can grow up to 50 feet tall and produces starburst like flowers. Its scent is known as an aphrodisiac, and oils from this tree are used to alleviate anxiety and lift the mood.

Maintaining Plants in South Florida

Each of these 10 fragrant plants can thrive in your South Florida landscape—if you commit to watering and feeding them. Because these aromatic species tend to come from tropical environments like the Caribbean, where the soil is nutrient-rich, they are accustomed to very fertile soil. However, here in South Florida, our sandy soils lack the nutrition that many of these sweet-smelling plants need to sustain themselves. This is why regular maintenance and care is critical: fertilization along with disease and pest prevention. We have planted all of these beautiful, aromatic plants on South Florida properties and they do well when properly maintained. Call us to find out more.

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12 Fragrant Winter Flowering Shrubs for Beauty and Bees

January 18, 2018 1:34 pm

By: Pam Beck

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) has highly fragrant yellow flowers that bloom in late winter.

Because of our unseasonably mild winters in the Southeast, the bees and I are swooning over an astonishing number of fragrant, winter-flowering shrubs in the garden. Why would Mother Nature spend so much effort creating intense fragrance in mid-winter flowers? Because their floral fragrance and color are designed to lure early bees quickly and efficiently during chance warm snaps.

Native bees and honeybees respond quickly to warm air temperatures that coax them from their wintertime sluggishness. Their numbers are lower during chilly months, so the competition is fierce among winter-flowering plants to attract these few brave little winged souls. Therefore, these shrubs use the most potent enticements available – eye-catching flower color (often in yellow hues) and intense fragrance. Fragrance is the only lure that easily rides air currents around the garden, so the more powerful a plant’s perfume, the better its chance of bee pollination.

Here is a selection of some of my favorite winter-flowering shrubs, beginning with the evergreens and followed by deciduous, to help you find something fragrant to enjoy in your garden this winter, or next. If you plan to plant one, all appreciate soil amendment at planting time. Black Gold Garden Soil is a great choice for adding needed organic matter and a fertilizer boost to encourage good growth and establishment.

Your nose, and the bees, will thank you.

Evergreen Winter Flowering Shrubs

The orange sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus), is a great evergreen flowering shrub for winter blooms.

False hollies or fragrant tea olives (Osmanthus spp.) are intensely scented evergreen shrubs. The sugary, fruity smell of their flowers cause garden visitors to stop in their tracks and inhale deeply. Distinguishable by their opposite leaves (remember “O” for Osmanthus and opposite, whereas true hollies have alternating leaves), these hardy plants are very tolerant of difficult sites and almost trouble-free once established.

If left unpruned, Osmanthus fragrans with its tiny white flowers and O. fragrans var. aurantiacus with similar light orange blooms, can become small trees that will survive winters up to USDA Hardiness Zone 7.

Mahonias are highly effective at luring pollinators with both bright color and intense fragrance.

Grape hollies (Mahonia spp.) are architecturally stunning evergreens with holly-like foliage. They produce highly fragrant, golden-yellow spikes of flowers in winter, which later transform into hanging clusters of frosty berries of dark blue (). Ranging from low-growing ground covers to 10-foot statuesque shrubs, Mahonia are tolerant of shade and make great specimen plantings. Perhaps the best flowers for fragrance are those of leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei), which begins blooming in early winter.

Sweet box is a tough evergreen for the dry shade that displays both berries and blooms in winter.

Sweet box (Sarcococca spp.) are wonderfully fragrant low-growing evergreens that tend to spread. The dry-shade-loving plants may be forgotten until they flower in early winter with intensely sweet perfume wafting from the tiniest white flowers. One of my favorites for our southeastern gardens is Sarcococca confusa, a 3 to 5 foot shrub that often holds the previous year’s glossy blackberries alongside new blooms.

Daphne are elegant perfumed shrubs for the shade garden.

Fickle daphne (Daphne spp.) are garden heart breakers that we continue planting for their unforgettable winter fragrance. Here’s why they are fickle: they need perfect soil, hate to be transplanted, can’t be bumped, and will turn up their toes if watered incorrectly, but many plant lovers have to have them. Their strong fruity scent escapes from pinkish or white blooms in late January to February. Most garden centers offer winter daphne (Daphne odora, USDA Hardiness Zone 7-9) and Burkwood’s daphne (Daphne x burkwoodii, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9), which both grow to 3 to 4 feet high and wide.

Deciduous Winter Flowering Shrubs

Paperbush is a conversation piece in any winter landscape.

Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha), is one of the most unusual looking shrubs in the winter garden with its naked branches tipped by round clusters of primose-yellow flowers dipped in the shiniest silvery silk. Then on warm winter days, the buds elongate into half-inch long, deep golden trumpets that pour out a rich fragrance that reminds me of sugary icing. Mine has topped out at 4-feet, but paperbush can grow as tall as 6 to 8 feet tall in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-9.

Flowering quince offers slightly fragrant flowers that are brightly colored. (Image by Jessie Keith)

Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) starts to bloom in late winter to early spring, and flower colors range in various shades of white, pink, red, and orange, not to mention the multi-colored blooms of the variety ‘Toyo-Nishiki’. The fragrance is light and fruity, but quince reliably flowers through the coldest months. The mature size will depend on the type, and there are some exciting new hybrids available at your local garden center.

Winter Jasmine is often mistaken for Forsythia, but it blooms much earlier.

Winter flowering jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is an arching 2- to 4-foot-tall shrub that can eat a lot of garden real estate unless periodically sheared. This shrub will fool your neighbors into thinking that you have the earliest forsythia on the block, as it also sports yellow bells, but on long green whips of branches. One of the easiest plants to grow, winter jasmine is a great solution for a difficult bank or slope.

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ flowers are rose in the bud and open to pale pink. (Image by Mike Darcy)

Viburnums (Viburnum spp.) range from evergreen to deciduous, short to tall, and some shrubs in this large group bloom in the dead of winter. Viburnum tinus is a rounded, medium-sized evergreen seen with abundant buds breaking into slightly fragrant flower from January to February, but for intense fragrance look for the upright, deciduous Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ with its sweet-smelling pink flowers.

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) was in full flower in my garden this past Christmas and will continue throughout the winter. A large shrub reaching 10 to 15 feet, wintersweet has the most richly-colored golden, waxy, cupped flowers with purple centers that stream perfume that envelops the entire garden. It grows well in drier sites with full sun to partial shade. Once you have experienced its magic, you will have to own one.

The reddish-orange blooms of ‘Jelena’ witch hazel are extra colorful.

Witch hazels (Hamamelis spp.) are often described as small trees but are so slow to get growing that you may decide to keep them as shrubs, especially if you delight in cutting branches for indoor enjoyment. The winter flowers have fine, whispy petals and are arranged in clusters along the branches. They look like long-legged sea creatures on a coral reef and range in color from bright yellow to orange or rusty-red. Some witch hazels are more fragrant than others. Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ is an extra fragrant, yellow-flowered one to grab, if you can find it.

Fragrant winter hazel produces yellow, pendulous flower clusters in late winter.

Winterhazels (Corylopsis spp.) are often underappreciated until they produce their yellow, pendulous flowers in late winter. A very desirable 4 to 6-foot shrub is the buttercup winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) with its mildly scented, pale lemon-yellow flowers that droop from thin, leafless stems. Fragrant winter hazel (Corylopsis glabrescens) is a larger shrub (8 to 15 feet) that produces larger pendulous flower clusters.

Planted purely for fragrance, the winter honeysuckle smells like the vine but flowers in mid-winter.

Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) has tiny white winter flowers with an amazing bouquet. The huge, rangy shrub is an old-fashioned favorite that should be planted where its fragrance may be appreciated. We have ours planted at our parking pad so that we are greeted by its sweet scent all winter long.

If you’d like to learn more about fragrant winter flowering shrubs, find a copy of The Winter Garden, Planning and Planting for the Southeast by Peter Loewer and Dr. Larry Mellichamp, originally published in 1997 by Stackpole Books, and still in print. It has been an invaluable resource to me.

About Pam Beck

Pam Beck began her gardening education in 1987 by volunteering in a public herb garden, which inspired her to join the Master Gardeners and take horticulture classes. She has worked in garden center retail, learned plant production hands-on in a nursery, created designs for landscape contractors and homeowners, and was an assistant with Cooperative Extension for a short time. She has scouted and styled for Better Homes & Gardens magazine; served on the Board of Advisors for two university botanical gardens; and, taught Adult Education landscaping classes for Wake Tech; but, you probably know her best as an award-winning freelance garden writer, lecturer, and photographer. Pam is the co-author of Best Garden Plants for North Carolina, regularly contributed articles in Carolina Gardener Magazine for 16 years, and for 5 years she was a monthly garden columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer. Currently, her busy speaking schedule takes her throughout the Southeast enthusiastically sharing her love of plants, gardens of all kinds, and the people who tend them.

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21 plants for a fragrant garden

Spoil one of your strongest senses with some of the most fragrant flowers around.

1. Murraya paniculata

Also known as cosmetic bark, jasmine orange and orange jessamine, this evergreen shrub makes for a five-star hedging plant and offers a profusion of white, sweetly-perfumed flowers from spring to autumn.

2. Heliotrope or ‘Cherry Pie’ (Heliotropium arborescens)

For a vision of violet in your garden, plant this spreading, evergreen, bun-shaped shrub. Its shiny oval leaves are complemented by clusters of brilliant purple flowers that release a rich, vanilla fragrance, from early spring to late summer.

3. Tuberose

Brimming with pretty white flowers, this bloom’s intense, creamy scent is famous in the perfume world. Flowers appear in late summer through to autumn or winter, bulbs are easily grown in pots and it makes a long-lasting cut flower.

4. Night-scented jessamine (Cestrum nocturnum)

When the sun goes down, this plant comes into its own. An evergreen shrub, it produces yellow-green tubular flowers in spring and summer, which release an intense fragrance at night that’s best enjoyed from afar.

5. Freesia

Spruce up your garden with the many brilliant shades of freesia. One of the easiest bulbs to cultivate, it makes a great cut flower and is suitable for pots or can be left undisturbed in the ground for many years.

6. Luculia

Although this evergreen shrub is deciduous, new foliage appears at the same time old leaves are dropping, so there’s no leaflessness. The gorgeous Gratissima (pictured) is the best-known variety and stars large clusters of pink flowers from autumn to mid-winter.

7. Mock orange (Philadelphus)

This versatile shrub flowers late spring to summer and features both evergreen and deciduous forms, with varying intensities of a zesty orange-like scent. The best-loved varieties are ‘Virginal’, coronarius and the evergreen mexicanus.

8. Osmanthus fragrans or ‘Sweet Olive’

A large shrub with small, inconspicuous flowers which deliver a strong, exquisite fragrance that’s often compared to the aroma of apricots many times magnified. A popular hedging or specimen plant, osmanthus flowers prolifically in winter and repeatedly throughout the year.

9. Roses

Roses are some of the most romantic and fragrant flowers you can grow, and their scents are countless, from traditional to more spicy, musky or fruity. Plant a few varieties to keep your garden perfumed from spring to autumn.

10. Frangipani (Plumeria)

With its delicious scent (which intensifies at night), this iconic tree will transform your garden into a heavenly abode with clusters of flowers from November to April. Despite growing to an impressive eight metres in the ground, frangipani also makes a great pot plant. Learn more about frangipani.

11. Wisteria

Wisteria is a beautiful, vanilla scented spring-flowering climber. Chinese wisteria is seen most frequently in gardens and is easy to grow. Japanese wisteria is one of the most spectacular varieties with hanging racemes up to one metre long. Learn more about wisteria.

12. Jonquil (Narcissus)

Thriving on neglect, even the brownest of thumbs will find these cheery bulbs are a cinch to grow. The sweet-scented flowers announce the coming of spring and come in a range of colours including white, cream and bright yellow.

13. Jasminum polyanthum

If you know the sweet scent of jasmine, you know it’s impossible to forget. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the perfume world’s most popular fragrance notes. Jasmine is adorned with masses of flowers and offers fast growth and hardiness. Learn more about jasminum polyanthum.

14. Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

Gardenias are one of the most rewarding fragrant shrubs to grow. Gardenia jasminoides in particular gives off a powerful fragrance, massed cream flowers from spring to autumn and glossy green leaves that are perfect for your garden, a hedge or a pot.

15. Hyacinth

Hyacinth reveals its freshly-scented blooms in winter and spring when bulbs transform into tight clusters of purple, white, blue, pink or yellow flowers. Hyacinth also makes for a unique and beautiful feature when grown in a bulb vase.

16. ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ (Brunfelsia latifolia)

So called because over three days its fragrant flowers open deep purple, fade to lilac with a white ‘eye’, then soften to white. This evergreen shrub can grow almost three metres high but the “Sweet Petite” variety is a compact one metre.

17. Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)

A large shrub with long, narrow leaves that, as the name suggests, attracts butterflies. In summer, long arching shoots made up of masses of little tubular flowers emerge, in a range of colours including white, pink, lilac or dark purple.

18. Chinese star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

This evergreen climber has glossy leaves and masses of star-shaped, lace-like white flowers, from mid-spring to early summer. The stems will climb over supports and cling to walls, fences and pergolas with ease and abandon. Learn more about Chinese star jasmine.

19. Daphne Perfume Princess

Up your fragrant garden game with 2016’s Plant of the Year. Blush-pink blooms (later fading to white) appear mid-winter to spring. As the earliest and longest flowering of any daphne variety, you can really savour the heady, citrus scent. Learn more about Daphne Perfume Princess.

20. Viburnum

You’d be forgiven for not expecting this evergreen shrub to be on our list, but these glossy plants produce tiny, scented blossoms in spring and definitely deserve some love. Viburnum odoratissimum (sweet viburnum) is a particularly beautiful-scented variety.

21. Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda)

Looking and smelling much like jasmine, Madagascar jasmine is actually in a genus of its own. From November to April, this evergreen climber produces clusters of white, powerfully-scented, bell-shaped flowers. With a little care, it can be grown indoors too.

Learn more about creating a scent-sational garden by clicking here.

  1. LoisLaine Unregistered says:

    I would like to know what this is as well!! I think
    I have this in my backyard. It smells so nice and I cannot for the life of me find out the name of it. It’s become an obsession now!! Lol

    April 20th, 2012 at 10:34 am

  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Yi Yi Yi!
    I think you’re smelling a Chinese privet….at least that’s the best I can make out from the pic.

    I don’t have to lecture you about how invasive it is.

    Promise me you’ll clip off and discard the seeds when seen this fall.

    April 20th, 2012 at 11:55 am

  3. Can you send me a picture of what that looks like? This one in my yard is like a small tree. And my neighbors have it too but it lines thes back of their fence. It has been in the same spots for over a year. It doesn’t seem to be spreading. It doesn’t smell bad either. It’s very light but fragrant.

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  4. Mine has smaller flowers. They only have 4 petals and 2 stamen coming out of them. The flowers are less than 1/2″ in size and on a cascading cluster.

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  5. buck Unregistered says:

    Better still, cut the thing down and dig the roots. Burn the whole pile. My mother planted it here in the 1940s because privet hedge was in style. It is now everywhere.
    Buck

    April 20th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  6. Lorraine Unregistered says:

    I found this site after checking Ask.com for name of sweet-smelling tiny white flower. The bush pictured above looks like the one in my back yard–at the edge of the woods. I find your answers very interesting. Sincere THANKS.

    April 30th, 2012 at 5:21 am

  7. Wendy Unregistered says:

    I think it is a Tea Olive.

    January 16th, 2013 at 9:20 am

  8. Jackie evans Unregistered says:

    I say this shrub and it has clusters of wellie flowers that smell heavenly. Can’t remember the name. Something edge!

    March 13th, 2015 at 11:59 am

  9. D. Jernigan Unregistered says:

    Walter Reeves is right. Chinese Privet

    April 21st, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  10. J. Doss Unregistered says:

    Looks like ligustrum to me. I’ve got some in my yard. Used to be a really popular shrub and some are still around. Not invasive.

    July 22nd, 2016 at 10:39 am

  11. Shirley Winters Unregistered says:

    My mother called this shrub “Sweet Melissa”. I have one in my front yard, exactly like the one pictured above. Mom gave me a cutting off of her shrub about 40 years ago. It has grown into a large blooming shrub, with tiny white wonderfully sweet fragrance flowers. when it’s in bloom you can smell it’s sweet fragrance on the other side of the house. Honeybees will swarm all over it gathering pollen and nectar.

    December 27th, 2016 at 8:51 pm

10 Shrubs That Smell as Good as They Look – plants that deliver sweet scents –

ardeners often pick out shrubs by imagining how they will appear when placed in the landscape. A graceful shrub can add depth to a border garden, cover up an unsightly feature, or form part of a grouping around an entrance or a deck. But there’s another aspect to consider–fragrance. Here’s a list of ten shrubs that promise to smell just as good as they look.

1. Lilac

(Syringa vulgaris)
When the heady perfume of lilac fills the air, it’s a sure sign that spring is about to turn to summer. The low-maintenance lilac bush is covered with pink, purple, or white conical blossoms for a week or two in late spring. The rest of the summer and fall, a lilac shrub provides a nice backdrop to display colorful flowering annuals and perennials.

2. Fragrant Olive, Tea Olive

(Osmanthus fragrans)
The evergreen tea olive is a low-maintenance, disease-resistant shrub with unassuming white flowers that emit a heady perfume that’s been described as half jasmine, half gardenia. In the South, the tea olive can bloom intermittently throughout the year, while further north, its blossom time is late summer into fall and sometimes again in the spring. The tea olive is versatile and can be trimmed into a hedge near the house (so its scent can be enjoyed inside and out) or shaped into a tree that can grow up to ten feet (three meters) high.

3. Mock Orange

(Philadelphus lewisii)
Mock orange is another shrub that produces sweet-smelling blossoms in late spring. In fact, mock orange gets its common name from the orange-blossom scent of its flowers. The stems of fragrant white blooms make this a favorite for use in bridal bouquets. A mature mock orange grows five to seven feet high (1.5 to 2 meters), so make sure you plant it where it has room to reach its full size.

4. Summersweet

(Clethra alnifolia)
Summersweet is a delightfully fragrant bush that blooms in late summer. It’s often called “pepperbush” because the fruits the develop in fall resemble peppercorns. This sturdy shrub, which can grow up to eight feet (2.5 meters) tall, also puts on a stunning autumn show with vibrant yellow and orange leaves.

5. Arabian Jasmine

(Jasminum sambac)Arabian jasmine is a versatile, evergreen shrub with tiny white flowers that pack a powerful scent. Flowers appear over a long season from spring through summer, and the blooms open in the evening to release their exotic, sweet scent. Arabian jasmine can be grown as a low bush or grown in a large container. Because this is a fast grower, more akin to a vine than a shrub, Arabian jasmine does well trained to fences, privacy screens, or arbors.

6. Gardenia

(Gardenia jasminoides)
Gardeners have had a romance with the sweet scent of gardenia flowers for centuries. The fragrance of the waxy white blooms is often described as “intoxicating” or “exotic”. But gardenias are a shrub you can love year-round. Its rose-like white blossoms scent the garden from late summer through fall, but the gardenia keeps its glossy, dark green foliage through the winter. Plant in masses as you would azaleas or grow gardenias in containers on the deck. Gardenias grow best in USDA zones 8 (10° to 20°F) and higher but they can be grown in containers and brought indoors in areas with frigid winters.

7. Mexican Orange Blossom

(Choisya ternata)
A native of the American Southwest and into Mexico, the Mexican orange blossom lives up to its name. This shrub produces flowers that resemble those on orange trees with an aroma that smells straight out of an orange grove. Even its evergreen glossy leaves have a citrusy scent! Butterflies, bees, and other pollinators are attracted to the scent of Mexican orange blossom’s flowers, which appear in spring and again in late summer. This bush does best in warmer climates, USDA zones 8 and above (10° to 20°F) but can be grown in containers further north and protected from the cold over the winter.

8. Daphne

(Daphne species)
The dainty Daphne bears clusters of sweet-smelling pink and white flowers in spring. These are followed with red berries over the summer. The berries make a great contrast with the broad, bold foliage. Daphne grows only to about three feet (one meter) in a dense rounded shape, making this the perfect choice around the foundation of a house, in front of fences, in border gardens, or along paths.

9. Michelia

(Michelia alba)
Michelia is a very popular landscaping shrub in Asia. It grows best in Southern regions of the U.S., in USDA zones 10 and 11 (30°F and above). Michelia produces tropical-looking white flowers with an intense perfume from winter until summer. Further north, the Michelia does well in containers but must be brought in over the winter to survive.

10. Sweetspire

(Itea virginica)
Sweetspire is an easy-care shrub, about four feet by four feet (1.2 by 1.2 meters) at maturity that isn’t fussy about soil or weather conditions. It produces fragrant drooping white flowers in early summer and turns deep red in the fall.
“Take time to smell the flowers” doesn’t have to be just a cliché. Make it a part of your daily life by adding one or more of these fragrant shrubs to your home landscape.

Best Fragrant Shrubs – Learn About Shrubs That Smell Good

Planting fragrant shrubs adds a new and delightful dimension to your garden. Shrubs that smell good can light up your morning or add romance to the garden at twilight. If you are thinking of adding fragrant flowering shrubs to your backyard, you’ll be interested in learning about the best fragrant shrubs to select. Read on for tips on fragrant bushes for all seasons.

Fragrant Flowering Shrubs

Once you’ve experienced the pleasures of a sweet-smelling garden, you’ll agree that every garden should include a few of the best fragrant shrubs. Many shrubs that smell good are also lovely to behold, and they come on all sizes and hardiness levels.

The best fragrant shrubs for your area will include many summer bloomers. For example, butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) is a popular shrub with very fragrant flowers. Its blossoms, in shades of purple, yellow and white, attract butterflies during their June to September flowering season. Roses(Rosa spp.) also flower in summer and many are fragrant.

And when you are planting fragrant shrubs, don’t forget lilac, a garden classic with an unforgettably sweet aroma. Try the super-hardy Bloomerang series. This member of the “best smelling shrubs club” blooms in spring, takes a rest, then flowers again in summer.

However, spring and summer flowering bushes are not the only shrubs with blossoms that smell good. With a little effort, you can extend your collection of fragrant flowering shrubs to include fragrant bushes for all seasons.

When you are planting fragrant shrubs, keep your calendar handy. You’ll want to include a few shrubs that smell good in each of the four seasons. For fall fragrance, consider planting fragrant shrubs like tea olive (Osmanthus heterophyllus). It’s an evergreen holly-lookalike. Its small white flowers offer a big fragrance from September through November.

For fragrant bushes for all seasons, you’ll need a winter-flowering shrub too. One suggestion for a tough shrub with a sweet smell is winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima). Its ivory-colored, citrus-smelling flowers provide sensory delight from January through March.

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