FLOWERS can add a special touch to any garden, and not just through their appearance.

There are plenty of flowers that can leave your outdoor space smelling divine, where your home may be.

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Speaking to the Express, a spokesperson for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) revealed the top fragrant flowers to add to your garden each season, and how best to ensure these fragrant flowers do their best.

They said: “Plant fragrant-flowered plants in a sheltered area where the fragrance can be retained for longer; an enclosed courtyard or walled garden is ideal.

“For smaller growing plants, plant at the front of raised beds or in containers near to the front door where their floral scent can easily be enjoyed when passing.”



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For the most fragrant option you’ll want to get some darker-colored roses, as these tend to have a stronger scent than white or yellow ones, they will smell their best in the early hours of the morning.

They should be planted in late autumn, or in late winter to early spring if you miss this time period. Container roses can be planted all year round.


Lavender is best planted in April or May, as the soil begins to warm up.

They will need lots of sun to thrive and smell their best if planted along a walkway so the fragrant buds can be released as you brush past the plant.

Caucasian lime tree

The cream flowers from this tree are best enjoyed in summer, just plant the tree in full sun or partial shade for a stronger scent.

Weeping silver lime tree

Like the Caucasian lime tree, the weeping silver will be the most fragrant in full sun or partial shade. 

This tree is well loved for its clusters of “highly scented yellowish flowers,” according to the RHS.

Evergreen magnolia

Evergreen magnolia can be enjoyed in both summer and autumn, they just need to be given plenty of sun.

Fragrant flowers for autumn

Mexican orange blossom

The pure white, scented flowers produced by this evergreen shrub, will continue to thrive even as temperatures drop.

Just grow in full sun with well-drained soil to keep the plant healthy.

Oregon grape ‘Charity’

Also known as Mahonia, these evergreen shrubs produce fragrant yellow flowers, sometimes followed by black or purple berries.

This sweetly scented plant needs full sun or a partially shaded site to grow in.

Willow-leaved jessamine

Willow-leaved jessamine is most fragrant at night, and will thrive in sun or shade as long as the soil is well drained.

Nodding virgin’s bower

This climbing plant produces sweetly fragranced flowers from midsummer to early autumn.

Plant in full sun or a site with partial shade to enjoy the stunning plant in all its glory.

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Fragrant flowers for winter

Winter-flowering honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a popular plant thanks to its delicate cream flowers that smell as sweet as honey.

Plant in full sun or partial shade for a boost to your winter garden.

Japanese mahonia

The yellow flowers of this plant smell great right through the winter and produce blue-black berries in spring.

Just position this shrub in full or partial shade.

Dwarf sweet box

The RHS recommended this plant thanks to its highly fragranced white flowers, decorated with crimson anthers.

In winter, blackberries will grow on this shrub, making for a sweet-smelling and beautiful plant.

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Fragrant flowers for spring

Blue wattle

This fragrant plant will need full sun to thrive, especially if you want to make the most of the fragrant yellow flowers it produces.

Winter’s bark

Clusters of fragrant creamy-white flowers are produced by this plant in late spring and early summer and are loved for their cinnamon-like smell.


Any type of rhododendron will work well for a fragrance boost, they just need to be kept in a space with a mixture of sun and shade.

Azalea’s are a great choice for any spring garden, thanks to their strong and fresh floral fragrance.

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Burkwood osmanthus

Its small white flowers and black fruits make the burkwood osmanthus a popular plant, and one you’ll certainly want to have in your garden.

Just keep in full sun or partial shade and you may even get a bright display all year round.

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