Fragrant Plants for South Florida

Want some fragrance in your South Florida garden? Here is a list of the best fragrant plants to use in South Florida.

Confederate Jasmine

Confederate Jasmine is a vine which will grow on a fence or trellis. It blooms for several months in late Spring here in South Florida. Train it in an espalier shape or let it climb naturally. Requires very little water once established.

Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet)

Brugmansia also called Angel Trumpet, produces a huge flower that hangs upside down and blooms all day and all night. It smells like a cross between soap and perfume, especially at night. If you know someone who has a brugmansia, ask them to break off a 6-12" section, strip leaves, and plant in soil. In a few months, new growth will emerge and you'll have a free Angel Trumpet. Heavily cut it back often for a bushier plant. Here in South Florida, low temps will kill the plant, but it always comes back in a month or two. The flowers are poisonous to pets and humans if consumed.


The gardenia blooms from Sprint to summer. They are pretty susceptible to bugs, so they require maintenance. Other than that, the blooms are amazing. Make sure to get a grafted gardenia and to give it rooms to grow up in full sunlight.

Many Floridians love night blooming jasmine. It's got a very strong sweet aroma that fills the air in the night. The plant is easy to care for and requires pruning to make it bushy.

Meyer Lemon Tree
I love adding citrus trees to a South Florida home. Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, etc. all produce a wonderful aroma. Once the scented blossoms are gone, you can watch the fruit grow.


  1. Confederate jasmine has such a wonderful fragrance! I cannot wait for mine to bloom. I have tried gardenia twice now and failed :( that might be my Achilles heel. I plan on getting a Meyers lemon tree at the end of the month :)

    1. H, i just read your comment about your Gardenia and had to chuckle because i just finished reading a Gardenia Thread on the Garden Web...your definately not alone :) Here's the link http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/calif/2004035908004767.html

  2. I love passion vines. They grow wild in sunny well drained areas, and are very fragrant with very fragrant fruit.
    Angle trumpets are great. My mother in law grows them in applied shade, and has several varieties, pink, purple, yellow.

  3. The crepe jasmine is nice too! They were very prominant in our yard this morning!

  4. confederate jasmine odor is my favorite. When i walk across my garden, i breathe jasmine fragrance. it give inspire myself.

  5. Brugmansia definitely is poisonous, and a deleriant hallucinogen. Never mind the flowers are poisonous, I wouldn't eat any part of the plant, it's all dangerous. Those fool-hardy enough to try them for "fun" tend to lose complete control of their actions in very dangerous ways, like assaulting police officers in your underwear.

    It's neat how such a strange plant can be so strikingly beautiful. A lot of very pretty flowers grow on plants that screw with one's sense of reality...


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