More than any other, the sense of smell has the power to evoke memories. Maybe that’s why we favor some plants — their scents revive memories of people or times we love to recall.
Not everyone enjoys the same kinds of scents. Some people like strong perfumes that permeate the area, like those of common lilacs or lily-of-the-valley. Other people lean more toward lighter scents — the sweeter, the better. The scents of Japanese wisteria and Peruvian daffodil have this type of fragrance. Fortunately for all of us, there are plants with lots of different perfumes, so choose the ones that appeal to your nose.
Below, you’ll find 10 of our favorite fragrant annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs and vines. Using these and your own favorites, you can delight your nose — as well as your eyes — from spring right up until winter!
Check out Tips for creating a fragrant garden to learn more about how to place these plants.