This list is a cross-reference to others on this site. Of course there are many more plants with fragrance, and as with the other senses, some people perceive fragrance in different ways. What is strong and glorious to one is next to putrid to another. What seems to bowl you over, may barely register to another. So if you’re looking for fragrance, please observe the same rule I give for choosing other plant characteristics. Make sure you can smell it when you purchase it to be sure it’s really what you want.

I have noted sunnier and shadier in the attributes column for this list.

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes*
Perennials / Annuals
Achillea millefolium Yarrow D,E,S,F,Fg – Su
Agapanthus africanus spa. Lily of the Nile E,S,F,Fg – Su
Alcea rosea Hollyhock D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Allium Flowering Onion D,F,Fg – Su
Anemone japonica Japanese Anemone D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Astilbe False Spirea D,B,F,Fg – Sh
Astrantia major Masterwort D,B,F,Fg – Sh
Delphinium nuttallii Upland Larkspur D,N,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Dianthus armeria Pinks D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Gaultheria procumbens Checkerberry E,N,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Libertia peregrinans New Zealand Iris E,B,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Lilium spp. Lily D,B,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Liriope muscari variegata Variegated Lily Turf (Mondo Grass) E,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Monarda didyma Bee Balm D,F,Fg – Su
Origanum seundermannii Ornamental Oregano E,F,Fg – Su
Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' Golden Oregano E,F,Fg – Su
Paeonia spp. Peony D,B,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Pachysandra terminalis variegata Japanese Spurge E,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Perovskia Russian Sage D,F,Fg
Polygonatum odoratum variegatum Variegated Solomon's Seal D,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Salvia greggii Autumn Sage E,F,Fg – Su
Salvia microphylla Baby Sage E,F,Fg – Su
Thymus (creeping spp.) Thyme E,S,F,Fg – Su
Shrubs
Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope' Kaleidoscope Abelia E,F,Fg – Su
Abelia grandlflora 'Panache' Panache Abelia E,F,Fg – Su
Caryopteris clandonensis Bluebeard D,F,Fg – Su
Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' Julia Phelps Ceanothus E,F,Fg – Su
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigata' Cephalotaxus E,Fg – Su
Choisya ternata 'Goldfinger' Goldfinger Mexican Orange E,F,Fg – Su
Choisya ternata 'Arizonica' Aztec Pearl Mexican Orange E,F,Fg – Su
Cistus ladanifer maculata Brown-eyed Rockrose E,F,Fg – Su
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' Ruby Spice Clethra D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh
Daphne cneorum 'Ruby Glow' Ruby Glow Rock Daphne E,F,Fg – Su
Daphne transatlantic 'Summer Ice' Summer Ice Transatlantic Daphne E,F,Fg – Su
Daphne burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' Carol Mackie Daphne E,S,F,Fg – Su
Deutzia spp. Deutzia D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette' Suzette Mountain Pepper E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Edgeworthia chrysantha Chinese Paper Bush D,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Fothergilla intermedia 'Blue Shadow' Blue Shadow Fothergilla D,F,Fg – Su,Sh
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh
Lavandula spp. Lavender E,F,Fg – Su
Leucothoe fontanesia 'Rainbow' Rainbow Fetterbush E,N,F,Fg – Su,Sh
Leucothoe fontanesia 'Scarletta' Scarletta Fetterbush E,N,F,Fg – Su,Sh
Ligustrum japonicum 'Variegatum' Variegated Japanese Privet E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold' Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Lonicera nitida 'Edmee Gold' Edmee Gold Box Honeysuckle E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy' Twiggy Box Honeysuckle E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Kerria japonica 'Picta' Variegated Kerria D,F,Fg – Sh
Mahonia aquifolium Oregon Grape E,N,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Mahonia nervosa Dwarf Oregon Grape E,N,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Mahonia repens Creeping Oregon Grape E,N,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' Goshiki False Holly E,F,Fg – Su
Physocarpus opulifolius Nine Bark D,N,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Coppertina' Coppertina Nine Bark D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward' Seward Nine Bark D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Pieris japonica 'Bisbee Dwarf' Bisbee's Dwarf Andromeda E,F,Fg – Sh
Pieris japonica 'Fire n Ice' Fire n Ice Andromeda E,F,Fg – Sh
Pieris japonica 'Flaming Silver' Flaming Silver Andromeda E,F,Fg – Sh
Pieris japonica 'Little Heath' Little Heath Andromeda E,F,Fg – Sh
Pieris japonica 'Passion' Passion Andromeda E,F,Fg – Sh
Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' Otto Luyken Laurel E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis' Skip Laurel E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Raphiolepis indica Indian Hawthorne E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Raphiolepis induce 'Pink Lady' Pink Lady Indian Hawthorne E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Rhododendron edgeworthii Edgworthii Rhodie E,F,Fg – Sh
Rosemarinus Rosemary E,F,Fg – Su
Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor' Tricolor Sage E,F,Fg – Su
Salvia officinalis 'Icterina' Golden Variegated Sage E,F,Fg – Su
Sambucus niger 'Black Beauty' Black Beauty Elderberry D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Sarcococca confusa Sweetbox E,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Sarcococca hookeriana Dwarf Sweetbox E,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Skimmia japonica Skimmia (need both sexes for fruit) E,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Skimmia reevesiana Dwarf Reeves Skimmia E,F,Fg,Ft – Sh
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Miss Kim Lilac D,F,Fg – Su
Syringa vulgaris Lilac D,F,Fg – Su
Viburnum bodnantense 'Pink Dawn' Pink Dawn Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Viburnum davidii David's Viburnum E,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' Doublefile Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh
Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' Onondaga Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh
Trees
Acer ginnala Amur Maple D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Amelanchier alnifolia Saskatoon Serviceberry D,N,F,FgFt – Su
Cercidiphyllum japonicum Katsura D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs' Red Fox Katsura D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Clerodendrum trichotomum Glorybower D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud' Crimson Cloud' Hawthorn D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Gleditsia triacanthos inermis Sunburst Honey Locust D,F,Fg – Su
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy' Fantasy Crepe Myrtle D,F,Fg – Su
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Magnolia liliflora 'Susan' Susan Magnolia D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Magnolia soulangiana Saucer Magnolia D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Magnolia stellata Star Magnolia D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh
Sorbus aucuparia European Mountain Ash D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Tilia americana Linden or Bee Tree D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii' Camperdown Elm D,F,Fg – Su
Vitex agnus-castus Chaste Tree D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Vines
Actinida kolomikta Variegated Kiwi D,S,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Clematis spp. Clematis D,F,Fg – Su
Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' Apple Blossom Evergreen Clematis E,F,Fg – Su
Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift' Snowdrift Evergreen Clematis E,F,Fg – Su
Jasminum polyanthum Pink Jasmine E,F,Fg – Su
Passiflora spp. Passion Fruit S,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Rosa (climbing cultivars) Climbing Rose D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
Tracelospermum jasminoides Confederate Jasmine E,D,F,Fg – Su
Wisteria floribunda Wisteria D,F,Fg,Ft – Su
*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit; Su=Sunnier; Sh=Shadier

For information on understanding and using these plant lists see The Guide.

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