5 fragrant houseplants for aromatic home

Arabian Jasmine

Jasminum sambac or the Arabian jasmine is widely cultivated for its attractive and sweetly fragrant flowers. The flowers may be used as a fragrant ingredient in perfumes and jasmine tea. If kept in a warmer climate, the flowers will stay in bloom year round. They are wonderful in pots and planters and are a very popular decorative plant in the tropics.

Orange Blossom

The Orange blossom is the fragrant flower and it is used in perfume making. It is traditionally associated with good fortune and has been popular in bridal bouquets and head wreaths for weddings. The petals of this flower can be made into Orange Flower Water, which is a useful ingredient in baking.


Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family. Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands. Although it’s more common for gardenias to grow outdoors, they can be grown inside as well, as long as they are given proper care. Put them in the right environment, and you can enjoy their aromatic flowers.


Stephanotis is grown for their strongly perfumed, waxy, tubular, usually white flowers. This flower is beautiful but difficult plant to grow as it hates sudden changes in temperature, needs constant cool conditions in winter and is attractive to scale and mealy bug. The heavily scented waxy flowers appear in summer.

Scented Geranium

There are a number of types of geraniums to choose from, each with their own distinct scent. Whether you prefer apricot, apple, lemon, mint, strawberry or other fragrances, you can grow these beautiful flowers in the comfort of your own home.