There are many reasons to grow plants indoors -- they clean
the air, soften and infuse our decor with
nature, and reduce the amount of stress we feel. There are a stunning array of
leaf colors and textures to
brighten spirits even on the shortest, dreariest winter days. But that's not
all: Pick carefully and they also provide scent -- from rich and flowery to
warm and spicy. Read on to discover some of our favorite fragrant indoor plants.
Start exploring the world of scented geraniums
and you'll be amazed at the range of aromas they offer: Choose from rose,
lemon, lime, nutmeg, ginger, or chocolate scents, just to name a few. They also
present a lovely range of leaf shapes, from lacy to shield. And many
have soft, fuzzy foliage that's as fun to touch as it is to smell.
Name: Pelargonium selections
What it needs: Grow scented geraniums
in a bright spot protected from drafts. Water and feed regularly with a
general-purpose plant food.
Arabian jasmine flowers almost all year long
if it gets enough light. The starry, pure-white flowers produce a soft, flowery
fragrance and are used to make jasmine tea.
What it needs: Grow Arabian jasmine
in a bright spot protected from drafts and provide abundant humidity. Water
regularly and feed it in spring and summer with a general-purpose houseplant
You're sure to fall in love with the sweet scent of orange,
lemon, grapefruit, or other citrus blossoms. Most are surprisingly easy to
grow, provided you give them enough light. If you're patient, you may even get
to enjoy homegrown fruits.
What it needs: Choose
a bright spot protected from drafts and provide abundant humidity for your
citrus. Water regularly, and fertilize in spring and summer with a
general-purpose houseplant food.
While most gardeners don't think of eucalyptus as a houseplant,
this easy-growing tree makes a pretty showpiece indoors in a high-light spot.
It offers blue-gray foliage with a distinct aroma when you rub it.
What it needs: Eucalyptus
thrives in bright spot protected from hot and cold drafts. Water it regularly
throughout the year.
Renowned for being one of the most fragrant flowers around,
gardenia is a lovely, but tricky houseplant. Its glossy green leaves put the
spotlight on the single or double white flowers that emit a heavy, flowery
What it needs: Gardenia
prefers a humid, very bright environment. Water and fertilize it regularly in
spring and summer; hold off on the fertilizer and let the potting mix barely
dry between watering in fall and winter. Protect it from hot and cold