Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Roses are infamous for their characteristic scent, but they aren’t the only fragrant flowers in the garden. Highly scented flowers attract pollinators, such as butterflies, bees and other insects to the garden and fill the air with a lovely intoxicating scent. Fragrant flowers are always coveted. In fact, floral perfumes are some of the best selling ones in the market. Or if you like, you can even make your own.
There are some flowers you don’t want to get too close to, as it might make you sick! But here are some sweet-scented flowers that you want to stop and smell:
In the past, rose perfumes were once exceptionally popular with the Romans and the Greeks. Nowadays, the rose is a still a common ingredient in floral perfumes, lotions and other beauty products. The two main species of roses used in perfume are the rosa centifolia and rosa damascena.
Magnolias are popular ornamental evergreen plants valued for their showy and sweet-scented blooms. Flowers will bloom from spring until summer. Flowers are usually pure white, while some are deep pink. Magnolias have a pleasant creamy citrusy scent.
Nothing says spring quite like lilacs! Lilacs are delicate flowers with a delightful scent! Lilacs used to come in just two colours, white and purple. But now, lilacs are available in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Some varieties are more fragrant than others. Some are faintly scented, while other ones are highly fragrant, like the S. pubescens. Lilacs can help invoke forgotten memories and reduce stress.
Freesias have a lovely citrus scent. These sweet-scented flowers come in a variety of colours, including yellow, red, pink, white and orange. Unlike other flowers where the white varieties have the strongest scent, the pink and red freesias are more fragrant than the other colours. These delicate blooms are popular wedding flowers. As cut flowers, they will last 10-14 days.
Sweet peas are named so because of their sweet scent. They are incredibly fragrant and just as beautiful to look at. They are available in a wide variety of colours, including hot pink, lavender, purple and white. Each colour and variety has a slightly different scent, which keeps things interesting!
Jasmine, a popular flower, especially in the tropics, is grown mainly for its unique fragrance. Most of the flowers are white. Unlike most flowers, jasmine emits its fragrance at night. As such, it’s best to harvest the flowers at just before dawn, when the flowers are at its peak. Interestingly, the buds are more fragrant than the flowers. Jasmine extract is a common ingredient in perfumes, soaps, creams and shampoos.
Lavender is more of a herb than a flower, but it’s just as pretty and fragrant as these flowers. In fact, it is a common ingredient in potpourri. Not only is it fragrant, it is also edible! Plus, the intoxicating scent of lavender is known to induce sleep, calm nerves and reduce stress. And most importantly, lavender also deters mice, flies, and mosquitoes in the area.
I saved the best for last. The chocolate cosmos smells good enough to eat! Like the name implies, this cosmos smells just like chocolate! This chocolately-brown flower is native to Mexico and will bloom from summer until early fall. The intoxicating scent tends to attract butterflies and chocoholics!
So take the time to stop and smell the flowers! Not only will it improve your day, studies have shown it is actually good for you!
- Freesia : Fragrant Flower for Scented Garden (boisdejasmin.typepad.com)