best smelling flowers for indoors

Growing indoor plants is a great way to add colour and liveliness to your home. Apart from their beautiful appearance, many houseplants are beautifully scented, making your home smell great. So keeping them around your home may require any scented products. Below given is the list of best smelling flowers for indoors.

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Jasmine

With its thick green leaves and beautiful white flowers, Jasmine is known for being one of the more elegant indoor plant options. This plant produces a sweet and delicate aroma, which is compared to fresh linen. It also comes in many varieties and most species should be kept in a room for high light, humidity and bloom.

Geraniums

Geraniums are one of the best-looking plants due to their flower spikes! This plant has scented foliage, making it quite different from other aromatic indoor plants on this list. They fall into many fragrance categories such as rose, citrus, peppermint, apple, lemon, orange, and coconut!

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley looks truly stunning thanks to its unique, vine-shaped flowers. Its sweet, jasmine-like aroma also makes it the top choice of perfume makers around the world! Choose the lily of the valley for a pleasant aroma of the day!

Sweet bay

An attractive slow-growing shrub that can grow into a small tree, the sweet bay features bright green leaves with a savoury, herbal scent. Use the leaves in soups, stoves, and other delicious winter treats. One of the most fragrant flowers for home.

Lavender

Lavender is famous for its sweet, soft aroma and beautifully vibrant purple flowers. These plants grow best in hotspots and dry climates, so they only need to be watered once a month. They also require extreme light to grow properly, so when planting them, you make them in a field with great lighting like a window.

Orchids

Orchids come in all colours with all kinds of blooms. They also each have their own unique fragrance. To find orchids is a lovely scent you may need to go to a nursery that specialises in orchids.

Plumeria

Comes in a variety of colours and fragrances such as honeysuckle, raspberry, apricot, citrus, rose, and peach. With so many options to choose from, you will always have a plumeria that fits right into your needs and requirements! As it is a shrub, it needs a large space and direct sunlight to grow indoors.

Passion flower

Among the most exotic plants you can grow indoors, passion flowers are quaint, almost exotic looking flowers. Not all are scented, so before you buy it, make sure you read the plant tags and descriptions so that you can get a scented selection. Or if you are buying offline sniff and check the smell.

Tea Rose Begonia

Most begonias are not perfumed, but the rose bezonia variety of tea has its own mild, sweet scent. These beautiful plants work well as hanging baskets or are located on a window, and they look as good as they smell.

Lemon Balm

The freshness of lemon balm is a beautiful addition to any room in your home. Keep the plant from an open window in hot weather – the flow of air will help release the lemon scent from the leaves.

14 Fragrant Indoor Plants That’ll Make Your Home Smell Amazing

Let fresh fragrance naturally pervade your indoor space with the help of pretty potted plants.

By Nina Malkin | Published Oct 28, 2021 1:00 PM

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As colder weather closes in, gardens wither and windows stay shut but that doesn’t mean your home is doomed to smell stale and stuffy. You needn’t resort to commercial air fresheners, either, since the right houseplants can scent your indoor space while adding natural beauty.

Whether you fancy floral, fruity, herbal, or grassy aromas, there’s a potted plant that can impart it. What’s more, University of Georgia research shows that many houseplants may reduce indoor pollutant levels and banish airborne contaminants like volatile organic compounds.

Before you head off to the garden center to scout out new houseplants, there’s one caveat: Several of the most delightful aromatic plants are toxic to cats and dogs, capable of causing skin irritation, stomach upset, and even death if consumed in large quantities. We’ll point out the ones that the ASPCA says homes with pets should avoid as we reveal 14 awesome aromatic plants, and offer tips to keep your indoor garden looking and smelling its best.

Enjoy Jasmine

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Can’t escape to an island paradise? Bring a tropical vibe home with the sultry scent of jasmine. While not all varieties have a fragrance, white jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) does, and it will bloom and scent your space all winter. Despite its rich, heady aroma, which is similar to gardenia, it’s not particularly finicky. It likes porous, well-draining soil, a somewhat humid environment, and a decent amount of light (which needn’t be direct sun). Consider putting jasmine in a hanging planter; as a vine, it will grow into beautiful twining trails.

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Love That Lavender

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Lay in some lavender (Lavendula), close your eyes, and inhale: You’ll feel like you’re in Provence, France, where the purple flowers blanket fields and fill the air with a unique essence that’s floral, herbal, and woodsy all at once. The scent is well known for its relaxing properties, so it is a great choice for a bedroom or wherever you chill out at home. Treat your lavender plant to loads of light, keep it out of drafts, and allow it to dry a bit between waterings. Alas, lavender is toxic to cats and dogs.ADVERTISEMENT

M-m-m-m, Mint! 

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If sweet, flowery perfumes aren’t your speed, move in some mint (Mentha)—a perennial herb first used in ancient times as a room deodorizer. Its bright serrated leaves add a refreshing fragrance and can bring flavorful zing to foods and drinks. Spearmint is among the most popular of a spectrum of types. Give mint well-draining soil and an east-facing window, and keep it moist without overwatering.

Mint must: Pinch off any buds you notice immediately, since they add no scent but may indicate that the plant is getting leggy. The essential oil in mint is toxic to dogs and cats, likely to cause stomach issues if eaten in large amounts.

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Bloom on with Begonia

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Blooming season? What blooming season? Tea Rose Begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum) produces pretty pink flowers all year long and enhances any room with a subtle scent. A fairly hardy plant that’s a good choice for a novice indoor gardener, Tea Rose Begonia can do just fine with partial sun but it does appreciate humidity. Plant it by itself or add it to a container garden and admire its good looks and dainty aroma. Warning: Begonias can be a serious problem for pets.

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Scent with Citrus

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It’s easy to envision vast groves of oranges, limes, and lemons, but citrus trees (members of the Rutacae family) can do quite well on their own indoors. Small white blossoms and their fruit bring an unmistakable sweet-tart scent that’s present yet not overpowering. Citrus needs lots of light and ample watering with well-draining soil.

Choose a south- or southwest-facing window and a lightweight planter made of nonporous material, which will retain a bit of moisture and serve your citrus the extra humidity it loves. While cats and dogs dislike citrus and might simply avoid it, the plants are toxic to pets.ADVERTISEMENT

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Oh Yes, Orchids!

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Forget their reputation for fussiness: Exotic, long-blooming orchids can be grown successfully at home, and the right variety will reward your efforts with heady perfume. Brassavola nodosa, for instance, boasts white petals and a particularly strong, sweet scent. Cymbidium, on the other hand, has a lighter, lemony essence that goes with its bright yellow flowers.

Get a soil mix developed for orchids and provide the correct light for the particular variety. While orchids flourish in a humid, warm environment, lower the temperature at night by 10 degrees to boost bloom potential.

Revel in Lily of the Valley 

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Your home is your castle, so why not enhance it with lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), one of Kate Middleton’s favorite flowers (she carried it in her bridal bouquet). Its floral sweetness is tempered by herbal and woodsy accents—one reason it’s popular in many perfumes—and those tiny bell-shaped flowers pack a powerful punch.

Nurture lily of the valley with lots of sunlight, potting soil mixed with a bit of peat moss, and moderate temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Warning: Lily of the valley’s flowers and leaves are both extremely poisonous to humans and pets.

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Inhale Heliotrope

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The sweetness of heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) recalls vanilla, though some fans claim its clusters of dark purple flowers emit hints of baby powder and cherry pie. It takes its name from the sun god Helios, so no surprise the plant insists on a sun-drenched spot. Plant it with basic potting soil in a fast-draining pot and to keep heliotrope extra happy, lodge it in a somewhat humid area, especially in winter. Pets should be safe around heliotrope, though the ASPCA rates it as toxic to horses.ADVERTISEMENT

Bring Home Some Hoya

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To reward yourself after a long day, come home to hoya (Hoya carnosa). Its striking star-shaped flowers emit a sweet scent that can fill a room, and the aroma comes on even stronger in the evening. This tropical plant is easy to grow and totally low maintenance—simply water when the soil feels dry, as well as misting with water regularly to supply the humidity it craves. As a vine, hoya does great in a hanging planter to drape your digs in flowers and fragrance.

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