Shrubs with fragrant flowers

Strolling by a shrub in bloom, many of us cannot pass up the urge to smell the blooms. Consider any these fragrant bloomers for a full sun location in your landscape. Plant them near a patio, pathway or open window to fully enjoy the shrubs' fragrant flowers.

Evergreen Shrubs with Fragrant Flowers
  • Pineapple Broom. Cold hardy in USDA zones 7 to 9, pineapple broom is a shrub that can reach 15 feet in height and tolerates dry conditions. Its yellow blooms appear midsummer and carry the fragrance of pineapple.
  • Japanese Mock Orange. Look for Japanese mock orange to produce 1 inch, creamy white orange scented blooms in late spring to early summer. Cold hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10, Japanese mock orange can reach a height of 15 feet and tolerates both sunny and windy locations, making it a good choice for near the ocean.
  • Wallflower. The yellow blooms of wallflower appear in late spring. Cold hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10, wallflower is a short shrub, reaching about 1 foot in height.

Deciduous Shrubs with Fragrant Flowers
  • Abelia. Flowering abelia's bell-shaped blooms appear in summer on cane-like branches. This shrub is cold hardy in USDA zones 6 through 9. Can grow over 8 feet tall, but is easily pruned--in late fall, cut as short as desired or to about 10 inches above ground.
  • Bluebeard. Both the foliage and the blue blooms of bluebeard are scented. This perennial shrub is cold hardy in USDA zones 5b to 8b. The shrub can reach a height of 4 feet.
  • Bridal Wreath Spirea. Reaching 6 to 8 feet tall, bridal wreath presents white blooms. Grow in full sun to part shade in USDA zones 4a to 9b.
  • Clove Currant. USDA cold hardy in zones 3a to 8b, clove currant can reach a height of 8 feet. Its yellow-gold blooms carry the scent of cloves.
  • Judd Viburnum. The highly fragrant pink or white blooms of Judd viburnum appear in mid-spring. The shrub is cold hardy in USDA zones 4a to 9b. Judd viburnum can reach 8 feet in height.
  • Lilac. The ever-popular lilac, cold hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, tolerates clay soil and can reach a height of about 12 feet. The heavily scented blooms appear in late spring and continue into early summer. Clip blooms just as they bloom for lasting fragrance in door vases.
  • Lochinch. Looking similar to the butterfly bush, lochinch produce spear-shaped lavender colored sweetly scented blooms. Lochinch is a slightly tender perennial, cold hardy in USDA zones 7 to 9, and grows up to 9 feet tall.
  • Tree Poppy. Reaching up to 6 feet in height, tree poppy produces 5 inch wide fragrant blooms from midsummer into early fall. Tree poppy is a slightly tender perennial, cold hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10.
  • Wyevale. Wyevale is a non-climbing variety of clematis that reaches about 3 feet in height. The blue blooms display from late summer to early fall. Wyevale is cold hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9.