The Best Scented Indoor Plants

By Megan Shoop

One sure way to keep your rooms smelling fresh is to grow fragrant houseplants in your home. These plants produce fragrances constantly and they last a long time with proper care. Another bonus includes decoration; many fragrant plants also have colorful blooms that add to any home's décor.

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Indoor plants can keep home fragrant.

Lavender

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Lavender flowers.

Known for its clusters of conical purple flowers and its light, sweet aroma, lavender makes a good choice for indoor planting. It tolerates drought well and likes hot, dry conditions. Lavender would do well in a kitchen, family room or other hotspot in the house. Once established, plants need little water; homeowners should only water them about once a month or so, and keep their drip trays emptied. They need lots of light, making them perfect for windowsill decorations. They also look pretty with multiple, upright stems and flowers ranging from pastel to very dark purple.

Jasmine

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Jasmine flowers.

Jasmine requires perfect conditions to flower and produce fragrance, but the effort is well worth it. This flower does well in cooler rooms where the temperature gets no higher than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Placing the flower's pot in a tray full of pebbles and filling the tray with water to just below the pebbles' surface provides necessary humidity. Jasmine soil should be dry to the touch before each watering.

This plant grows tall, woody stems and sprouts dark green, oval leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers when properly cared for. The flowers emit a light, floral scent that can fill a room and make it smell fresh year-round.

Hoya

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Hoya plant.

Hoyas--also known as wax plants because of their waxy green leaves--bloom with downward-tilting, umbrella-shaped clusters of pink to creamy white flowers. Most of the flowers have dark pink or slightly yellow centers. Hummingbirds love hoyas when they are placed outdoors, though indoor gardeners love them for their appearance and scent. Their sweet fragrance grows stronger toward evening and can fill even a large room, making hoyas perfect for big dining rooms or family rooms.

Hoyas enjoy being root-bound, and so rarely require repotting. They also love bright light and tolerate dry conditions fairly well. Gardeners should let hoya soil get dry to the touch before watering.