How to Make a Small Fragrant Garden | Fragrant Plants for Containers

See how to make a small fragrant garden on your balcony, terrace or patio in this article.

Do you want to enjoy a fragrant garden? Do not deprive yourself because you have a small garden. Majority of the fragrant plants are mainly vines or shrubs and you can easily grow them in pots. You can arrange these fragrant plants on your balcony, patio or rooftop garden according to your preference and climate.

Gardenia Tree in small fragrant garden
Even a single gardenia flower can fill your small fragrant garden with seductive perfume.

No other sense is more provoking and evoking than smell of fragrance. A fragrant garden that exudes delicious sweet notes is a real pleasure. Some plants use their scent to attract pollinators, bees, moths and butterflies. Others, however, use their fragrance to repel away unwanted insects and pests.

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Lilacs
Lilacs are beautiful cut flowers, their light fragrance can make any atmosphere more lively

In addition to the pleasure of variety of scents, you will have the pleasure to enjoy a lively and animated garden filled with joyful fragrances and aromas. The more your garden is small (a balcony or terrace), the more easily the fragrance will sweep over it.

Also Read: How to Create a Rose Garden on Terrace, Patio or Balcony

Choose the plants carefully as some plants perfume the atmosphere during the day, whereas others in the evening or night. Make a combination of them by choosing the varieties and location smartly. Don’t grow highly fragrant plants closely as this may unify their fragrance. Also remember to grow low growing fragrant plants up on hanging baskets on planters, closer to your nose. Determine the type of fragrance you want to have in your garden. Do you prefer light and delicate notes or fruity, spicy or overpowering scents?

Sweet alyssum and Stock is a show stopper combination for your fragrant garden.
Sweet alyssum and Stocks can be a beautiful show stopper combination for your fragrant garden.

Grow the plants near windows, near the doors and generally the places you like to be the most. It is also nice to have a few pots of aromatic herbs, full of fragrance: Rosemary, cilantro, thyme, sage, oregano, mint, varieties of basil like Thai basil, holy basil and sweet basil on the windowsill or railing planters. You can also grow curry tree in pot.

Also Read: How to Make a Windowsill Herb Garden

Choose fragrant plants according to your climate and seasons. Annuals or perennials. If you live in warm climate you have lot of options to choose in perennial plants: Jasmine, ylang ylang, plumeria, gardenia, oleander, sampaguita, tuberose and many other plants. On the other hand flowering plants like phlox, stock, sweet alyssum, nicotiana, heliotrope are best for a small fragrant garden in temperate and cooler climates.

For more info, must read our list on MOST FRAGRANT FLOWERS.

Fragrant Flowers for Containers

Chocolate cosmos can be a beautiful addition to your scented garden. These flowers are beauty with fragrance and smells like chocolate.
Chocolate cosmos can be a beautiful addition to your scented garden. These flowers are beauty with fragrance and smells like chocolate.
  1. Gardenia
  2. Roses
  3. Nicotiana
  4. Jasminum Sambac
  5. Chocolate Cosmos
  6. Peony
  7. Sweet Autumn Clematis
  8. Lily of the Valley
  9. Four o’ Clock
  10. Lantana
  11. Sarcococca
  12. Daphne
  13. Freesia

Plants with Scented Leaves

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Image Credit: Gardenista Scented geraniums are must have addition to a fragrant garden
    1. Lavender
    2. Scented Geranium
    3. Corsican Mint
    4. Fumitory
    5. Catnip
    6. Sweet Woodruff
    7. Lemon Verbena
    8. Lemongrass
    9. Spearmint



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