A garden isn’t just about looks; every sense should be engaged to get the most from your outdoor space. A sweet scent draws you in and makes you want to linger. It often triggers happy memories, too: The peonies in your grandmother’s garden. The first bouquet of roses you ever received. The smell of lilacs on a warm, spring day.
Place these plants where you’ll most enjoy them, such as near sitting area or entryway or in window boxes by your front door. Before planting, make sure shrubs and perennials, which come back every year, are suited to your USDA Hardiness zone (check yours here). Finally, read the plant tag or description so you give the plant the proper amount of sunlight.
Here are a few of the best-smelling flowers we’ve ever encountered: