An easy-care houseplant whose aroma scent fills the air makes a wonderful addition to any room.
Scented Geranium, Pelargonium Species
-These shrubs are native to South Africa.
-The leaves are fragrant when brushed -- scents include rose, lemon, and spice.
-Place them in a bright, south-facing window, and don't forget to dry them between watering.
Sweet Olive, Osmanthus Fragrans
-This fragrant tea olive has been cultivated for centuries in China. Its flowers were often used as an offering to the gods.
-This small tree has tiny white flowers whose scent will envelop an entire room.
Gardenia, Gardenia Jasminoides
-This bush has roselike double flowers, and can grow up to 4 feet tall.
-Place in a south-facing window, and don't forget that gardenias love humid air and frequent misting.
Primrose, Primula Species
-These fruit-scented flowers bloom in late winter and come in many colors, including purple, yellow, and red.
-The primrose needs moist soil and bright but indirect sunlight -- near a window will do just fine.
Winter Jasmine, Jasminum Polyanthum
-This type of jasmine is intensely fragrant, and its pink buds flower in the winter.
-The polyanthum also needs moist soil and bright but indirect sunlight.
-Prune severely in late spring.
Star Jasmine, Jasminum Nitidum
-Star jasmine is the classic jasmine plant.
-Native to India, it is used frequently in teas and oils.
-Proper care includes full sunlight in a south-facing window.
-These lemon, orange, and lime plants have fragrant blooms that are eventually replaced by fruit.
-They need about four hours of sunlight per day.
Special thanks to Dennis Schrader of Land Craft Environments.