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
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.
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.