Indoor plants serve more than one purpose! Beside complementing our home decor and enhancing home’s aesthetic value, they deliver fragrant aromas. These fragrant plants replace chemical-containing air fresheners by cleaning the indoor air naturally. With their lush green foliage and scented aroma, they enliven our homes which can thereby reduce stress levels we people are dealing with. If you are looking forward to grow some fragrant houseplants at your place, try including one from the list given below:
- Gardenia: Gardenia is one of the best indoor plants that are known for their fragrance. This lovely house plant has dark green glossy leaves and white flowers which produce a heavy aromatic scent. There are more than 150 species of this houseplant out of which some are easy to plant while some are tricky to grow. This is because most of them require bright light and high humidity. So, choose the specie that requires less care and maintenance. Some of the requirements of gardenia plant are nighttime temperature of 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit and acidic soil (to change acidity or alkalinity of your soil use Olivia’s pH adjusters), etc.
- Jasmine: This is also one of the elegant house plants which are grown to impart aroma. With its thick green leaves and white flowers delivering sweet and delicate aroma, the plant is even compared to fresh linens. Jasmine flowers come in many varieties out of which Arabian and Star jasmine is commonly grown. Most of the plant species generally need full light, high humidity and warm temperatures to bloom. A windowsill is a perfect place to grow a jasmine plant.
- Geranium: Scented geranium is also a well-known option when it comes to fragrant plants. Brushing its leaves or touching them delivers a burst of aromatic scent. This easy-to-grow plant is available in many forms – mint, rose, chocolate, lemon, orange, pineapple, lavender and more. Geranium plants need full sun, well-draining soil and night temperature ranging between 55-68 Degrees Fahrenheit.
- Eucalyptus: Known to emit a refreshing odor, these dark green or purple colored houseplants are also worth growing at your place. Regular watering is the main hurdle that comes in the path of its propagation. This is because these plants absorb water very fast and thus need to be watered frequently. If you want to grow some air-purifying indoor plants, check our link – Improving Quality of Life with Indoor Plants.
- Orchid: Orchids are other popular option when fragrant plants are talked about. There are innumerable varieties of this houseplant that can be grown to deliver a decent aroma to surroundings. These plants are region-specific so decide to plant the one that will be apt to grow in your location. Some of the varieties you can decide to plant are Oncidiums, Pansy orchids or the corsage types. Where the Pansy orchids and oncidiums are easy to grow, corsage types are the showiest. All these plants require plenty of sunlight in order to thrive and propagate successfully.
- Mint: Mint is not just the best herbal tea plant but also the one that delivers fresh aroma when planted indoors. From many years, this houseplant has been used in perfumery industry to extract oils for perfumes and scent lamps due to its pleasant aroma. The mint plants are also very good for people suffering from lung diseases. Mint plant is very easy to grow and can be planted almost anywhere.
- Paperwhites: One of the most popular members of daffodil family – paperwhites can be grown in any season. To plant these easy-to-grow species, you just need a shallow container and some stones or pebbles.
- Lavender: Known for its sweet aroma and beautiful purple flowers, lavender plants are also a good option to consider. These plants like to be grown in hotspots and dry climatic conditions. Gardeners just need to water their Lavender plants once in a month. Lavender plants also require extreme lighting to propagate successfully; so decide to plant them in a location receiving adequate light such as windowsills.