10 Fragrant Flowers for Pots

Beautifully scented flowers to grow in containers and pots

One of the best things about having a flower garden is being able to enjoy the heavenly aromas wafting through the garden.

In this article I’ve listed 10 popular fragrant flowers that are sure to awaken your sense of smell.

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Highly fragrant flowers


1. Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular fragrant flowers and it grows well in containers.

There are many different varieties of lavender, but the two most fragrant varieties are Common Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia). [1]

These two varieties are grown commercially for their highly perfumed lavender oil.

Lavender grows well in a position with full sun and flowers from late spring through to late summer.


2. Rose

Most varieties of roses can be grown in containers, as long as the container is deep enough for the roots.

The fragrance of roses changes throughout the day, and the best temperature for smelling the aroma of roses is between 64 – 68 F (18 – 20 degrees Celsius). [2]

Bright and dark colored roses usually have the strongest scent.

Roses grow well in a sunny spot that is protected from wind.

Fragrant rose

3. Primrose

Primroses have fragrant flowers that come in a range of colors including red, pink, purple, white, blue, yellow and orange.

They usually flower in spring, but they will bloom in mid to late winter in areas with mild winter temperatures.  

Primroses can tolerate light frosts but not freezing temperatures.


4. Gardenia

Gardenias have beautifully scented white flowers and dwarf varieties of Gardenia are great for growing in pots.

They grow best in warm, humid climates in a sunny or partially shaded position.

Gardenias can tolerate dry conditions, but they need to be watered weekly.

Gardenias bloom from late spring until late fall.


5. Peony

Peonies are popular fragrant perennials with flowers in a variety of colors including white, pink, red and purple.

They grow best in areas with a cool winter climate. Cold temperatures help to promote the development of the flower bud.

Peonies grow best in a full sun position but in areas with hot summer temperatures, a partially shaded spot is better.


6. Geranium

Geraniums are highly fragrant flower plants that look great in containers, hanging baskets and window boxes.

They grow best in a sunny position, but they need to be shaded in hot afternoon sun.

Pruning geraniums can help to thicken up the plant and promote new growth.

When watering geraniums, it’s best to avoid getting the foliage wet to reduce the likelihood of fungal diseases.

Geranium pots will need to be moved indoors during winter in frost prone areas.


7. Hyacinths

Hyacinth flowers are beautifully scented and come in a variety of colors including purple, pink, blue cream and white.

Hyacinths have sturdy foliage, so they can be shallow planted in pots and containers.

Important Note: Hyacinth bulbs contain oxalic acid, which can irritate the skin so it’s best to wear gloves if you’re working with Hyacinth bulbs for long periods.


8. Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum is a short lived annual that produces masses of tiny fragrant flowers.

They grow well in pots and they’re also good for ground covers and rock gardens.

It only takes about 4 days for Sweet Alyssum seeds to germinate and the seedlings will tolerate light frost.

Sweet alyssum

9. Dianthus

Dianthus is an easy to grow perennial with fragrant flowers in shades of pink, red and white.

They look great growing in pots and they do best in a position with full sun.

Dianthus can withstand light frosts but not prolonged freezing temperatures.

Dianthus flowers

10. Daphne

Daphne flowers have a strong rose-citrus scent and come in a range in colors including white, yellow, bright pink and purple. [3]

They grow best in a position with part shade or full sun in cooler areas.

Daphne blooms in late winter and spring and will tolerate light frosts.

Daphne flower

These beautifully scented flowers are ideal for pots positioned on a balcony or in your backyard so you can enjoy their aroma.


Have you tried growing any of these fragrant flowers? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Taylor

Hi, I'm Kelly Taylor. I'm passionate about gardening and horticulture and I love growing just about everything including herbs, vegetables, flowers, succulents and indoor plants. I've been gardening most of my life and I created this blog to inspire beginner gardeners to create their own urban garden. Read more