Discover 14 Aromatic Indoor Plants That Will Fill Your Home with Incredible Scents


If you’re a plant lover like me, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of indoor plants that not only look beautiful but also have a delightful aroma. These fragrant houseplants are perfect for adding a touch of nature to your living space and will leave your home smelling amazing. Whether you live in a small apartment or a spacious house, these plants will bring fresh scents and a sense of tranquility to any room.

One of the best-smelling indoor plants is the jasmine. Known for its sweet and flowery fragrance, jasmine plants are a popular choice for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their home. Another great option is the gardenia, which emits a lovely, heady scent that can fill an entire room. The hoya plant, also known as the wax plant, is another fragrant option that releases a delightful, sweet smell when it blooms.

If you’re looking for something a little different, consider the Cuban laurel, a tropical shrub with aromatic leaves that emit a pleasant scent when touched. The stephanotis, also known as the Madagascar jasmine, is another great choice for those looking for a plant that smells amazing. Its white, star-shaped flowers release a sweet and intoxicating fragrance.

Some other fragrant indoor plants that you could consider for your home include the orchid, the Arabian jasmine, the geranium, and the begonia. These plants not only add beauty to your space but also emit pleasant scents that will make your home a more inviting and relaxing place to be.

So, if you’re looking to bring a little bit of nature indoors and make your home smell like a delicious garden, consider adding one or more of these fragrant indoor plants to your collection. With their beautiful blooms and delightful aromas, they are sure to brighten up any space and make your home smell amazing.

The 5 Best-Smelling Houseplants to Add to Your Collection

If you’re looking to bring pleasant fragrances into your home, adding a few scented houseplants to your collection is a great way to do so. These plants not only look beautiful with their blossoms but will also emit delightful scents that can liven up any space. Here are five of the best-smelling houseplants you can add to your collection:

  1. Begonia: The Cuban begonia is known for its exotic and sweet fragrance. It’s a beautiful flowering houseplant that’ll bring fresh scents into your home.
  2. Narcissus: The tuberose narcissus is a night-blooming flower that emits a pleasant and fragrant aroma. It’s a favorite among many scent enthusiasts.
  3. Jasmine: The jasmine plant is well-known for its sweet and intoxicating scent. It’s a beautiful plant that adds a touch of elegance to any space.
  4. Orchid: Orchids come in various fragrances, but one of the most popular is the sweet and citrusy scent. The orchid hybrids make for excellent houseplants that’ll fill your home with exotic aromas.
  5. Heliotrope: Heliotrope has a fragrance similar to that of vanilla and cherry pie. It’s a lovely plant that’ll add a touch of sweetness to your indoor garden.

Adding these fragrant houseplants to your collection will not only make your home smell amazing, but they’ll also create a pleasant atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. Make sure to provide them with well-draining soil and take good care of them to ensure they thrive and continue to emit their aromatic scents. So go ahead, bring nature’s scents indoors and experience the joy of having a beautifully scented home!


Kumquat is a citrus fruit that is known for its sweet smell and taste. It can be a great addition to your indoor garden, both for its fragrance and its fruit.

Growing a kumquat plant inside your home can help to naturally bring a pleasant scent to your living space. The volatile scents of its leaves and fruit will pervade the air, making your home smell amazing.

The kumquat plant is relatively easy to care for. It prefers moderate watering and a well-drained soil. It is also important to provide enough sunlight, as kumquat plants love bright and sunny spaces.

Although kumquat plants are not as commonly found in indoor gardens as other fragrant houseplants, they are a treat for those who love fresh citrus scents. The sweet fragrance of kumquats can bring a therapeutic and uplifting atmosphere to your home.

To ensure the best growth of your kumquat plant, make sure to keep it in a space where it can receive at least 8 hours of sunlight each day. This will help the plant to produce delicious fruit and keep its lovely fragrance.

So, if you’re looking to add a great-smelling indoor plant to your collection, consider growing a kumquat. You’ll love the sweet scent it brings and enjoy the delicious fruit it produces.

Orange Jessamine

Among the many fragrant indoor plants, Orange Jessamine is a favorite for those who love a pleasant, woody scent in their house. Its scientific name is Murraya paniculata, but it is also commonly known as Orange Jasmine or Mock Orange. The flowers of this plant release a fresh, citrus fragrance that can naturally liven up any space.

This aromatic plant, native to Southeast Asia, gets its name from the orange-like scent of its blossoms. The fragrance of Orange Jessamine is often compared to that of jasmine, although it has its own unique twist. When this plant blooms, the air is filled with a delightful combination of citrus and woodsy notes.

The Orange Jessamine is a small tree that can be grown as a potted plant in indoor spaces. The flowers are white and grow in clusters, making them a beautiful addition to any room. The plant is also aesthetically pleasing with its glossy green leaves, adding to its appeal.

In addition to its pleasant scent, Orange Jessamine is also known for its therapeutic qualities. The scent of this plant has been shown to have a calming effect on humans, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. Some even claim that it can help improve sleep quality.

If you’re looking to bring the scent of Orange Jessamine into your home, there are a few ways to do so. You can simply place a potted plant in a well-lit area where it can receive indirect sunlight. As the plant grows and blooms, the fragrance will naturally pervade the space.

Another option is to make a scent solution using the flowers of Orange Jessamine. You can crush the blossoms and mix them with water or carrier oil to create a homemade fragrance. This solution can be used as a room spray or added to bath water for a relaxing soak.

Whether you have a green thumb or not, Orange Jessamine is a great addition to any indoor garden. Its beautiful blooms and pleasant scent make it a favorite among gardening enthusiasts. So why not give it a try and let the fragrant aroma of Orange Jessamine fill your home?

Night-Blooming Jasmine

The night-blooming jasmine, also known as the Jasminum sambac, is a shrub that is native to southern Asia. Its small, white flowers are highly scented and open at night, filling the air with a sweet fragrance. This plant is often pictured as a potted indoor plant, but it can also be grown outdoors in warm climates such as Florida.

The night-blooming jasmine is a great addition to any indoor collection of houseplants. With its lovely scent and beautiful flowers, it is sure to bring a touch of elegance to any space. Plus, the therapeutic aroma of this plant can help you relax and indulge your senses.

To care for the night-blooming jasmine, place it in a window where it will get moderate sunlight. Waterings should be done regularly, but make sure not to overwater. The jasmine plant grows best in well-drained soil.

Although this plant may not produce as many flowers as other scented plants, its scent is highly potent and will pervade the space. So if you’re looking for a plant to make your home smell amazing, this is a good choice.

One of the best things about the night-blooming jasmine is that it can bloom year-round, so you can enjoy its sweet fragrance whenever you please. Let the scent of this jasmine envelop your home and create a fresh and inviting atmosphere.

In addition to its scent, the night-blooming jasmine also has aesthetic beauty with its glossy green leaves and delicate white flowers. It is a plant that will add a touch of elegance to any room.

If you’re looking for more great-smelling indoor plants, we’ve got a good collection for you. From lavender to gardenia and Hoya plant to begonias, there are plenty of options to choose from. Each plant comes with its unique scent and therapeutic benefits.

So bring some sweetness and freshness to your house with these amazing fragrant indoor plants. Inhale the lovely scents and let them transport you to a space of relaxation and joy.

Cuban Oregano

If you’re looking for an indoor plant that not only looks beautiful but smells amazing, Cuban Oregano is a great choice. Also known as Plectranthus amboinicus, this aromatic plant is a member of the mint family and is native to Southern and Eastern Africa and parts of Asia.

Cuban Oregano has thick, fuzzy leaves that are often variegated with shades of green, purple, and silver. The leaves have a strong fragrance that is reminiscent of oregano, mint, and thyme, making it a delightful addition to any indoor garden.

You can enjoy the scent of Cuban Oregano by simply brushing against the leaves or gently crushing them to release the oils. Some people even use the leaves to make tea or as a seasoning in their cooking.

This plant thrives in well-draining soil and loves bright, indirect light. Place it near a window that receives moderate sunlight, but be careful not to expose it to direct sunlight for too long as it can scorch the leaves. Cuban Oregano is a relatively easy plant to care for and does not require a lot of water. Make sure to water it only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Latin Name Plectranthus amboinicus
Common Names Cuban Oregano, Country Borage, Mexican Mint, Indian Borage
Family Lamiaceae
Height Up to 2 feet
Light Bright, indirect light
Water Water thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry between waterings
Fragrance Oregano, mint, thyme
Care Level Easy

If you’re looking to add a touch of fragrance to your indoor space, Cuban Oregano is a wonderful choice. Its aromatic leaves and beautiful appearance make it a great addition to any indoor plant collection. Grow it in a pot near a window and enjoy the lovely scent that’ll naturally fill your home.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.