What fragrant blooming indoor plants do you adore?
I’m looking for gorgeously fragrant flowers on indoor plants, to perfume my home during winter. (I have strong fragrance allergies to most chemical fragrances, but natural ones are fine for me.) I’d like several different plants for bloom rotation.
I have a passionfruit vine taking over a loft railing, and the flowers are thrilling - but no scent.
I planned to put a honeysuckle vine up there (I love honeysuckle but won’t grow it outdoors because it’s so invasive where I live), but apparently they don’t grow well indoors.
I went to a botanical garden yesterday and was intoxicated by the smell filling the cactus / dry greenhouse, and finally hunted down the scent to a gnarled woody bush with tiny white flowers: osmanthus fragrans, or fragrant tea olive, sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive, fragrant olive. There’s an osmanthus plant heading my way now.
My favorite fragrant flower is the gardenia, but I have no experience growing them indoors. But just thought I’d add that to the list of potential options.
Edit: I googled it, and it’s not an easy one apparently:
But this plant is not a good choice for anyone who’s looking for easy-care, low-light indoor greenery, or a houseplant that thrives on neglect.
Even experienced indoor gardeners find its need for constant humidity, frequent watering, and very specific light conditions challenging to cope with, not to mention its susceptibility to numerous insect pests like aphids, mites, and scale.
In other words, it’s not for everyone. But if you’re up for the challenge of meeting its needs indoors, you’ll be rewarded with uncommon beauty and fragrance.
I got an osmanthus (fragrant tea olive) and after it recovered from the winter shipping enough to put out new leaves, it started flowering. The tiny white flowers smell so good - sweet like candy, but with a very subtle and gorgeous perfume. Sadly they don’t fill our house with the scent like the ones at the botanical garden did.