If you like to enjoy fragrant flowers in your garden and yard, try growing some of the trees and shrubs suggested below. All of these plants will do very well in the Houston, Texas climate, and will provide you with lovely, fragrant blooms in different seasons. Plant these trees and shrubs near your gazebo or patio so you can enjoy their fragrance as you relax outside.
Nightblooming Jessamine. This evergreen shrub has lovely white flowers that bloom fragrantly at night (as its name suggests.) If you like to enjoy the Houston, Texas evenings outside, this is the perfect plant for you. This is a fast growing shrub, so plant it in full to partial sun and enjoy its fragrant flowers in no time.
Heaven Scent Gardenia. Another evergreen shrub, this gardenia will provide you with lush, fragrant blooms from spring through the fall. Plant this shrub in full to partial sun in your Houston, Texas yard, or even in a container. These fragrant plants look lovely in Houston shade gardens and are also nice for landscaping.
Sweetspire. A Texas native that has very fragrant white blossoms. Sweetspire makes a pretty hedge for your Houston, Texas yard (its leaves turn red and purple in the fall), and can be planted in full to partial sun. This evergreen shrub will bloom in April and May, and can reach heights to ten feet.
Almond Verbena. The clusters of fragrant white blossoms on this shrub will bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your Houston, Texas yard or garden. This is a fast growing tree, and it will bloom from May right through to the first frost. Plant in full sun in either the fall or spring, and expect it to grow to twelve feet tall.
Angel’s Trumpet. These large flowers – peach, white, yellow and pink – bloom at night, filling your Houston, Texas evening with lush fragrance. This is the perfect shrub for small landscapes, and it will grow in full to partial sun. The blooms are trumpet-shaped, hence the name, and will blossom from April through the first frost. The flowers and seeds are poisonous, however, so you may want to avoid this if you have small children or pets.
Banana Shrub. The flowers really do smell like bananas! This is a hardy shrub that will grow well in your Houston, Texas yard, blooming with fragrant flowers from March through October. Plant in full to partial sun, and don’t be surprised if it grows to be up to fifteen feet tall.
Butterfly Bush. If you are looking for blue, purple, white or red flowers, try this shrub in your Houston, Texas garden. The very fragrant clusters will draw butterflies, as the name implies, from April through October. This shrub is hard to kill and fasting growing, and does best when planted in full or partial sun.
Sweet Olive. This shrub has tiny but very fragrant white flowers that bloom from January through April. This is a hardy plant that can grow up to twelve feet tall and makes an excellent hedge. Plant in full to partial sun or bright shade in your Houston, Texas yard, in either the fall or spring.