10 of the best fragrant flowers

Give a gift of scented blooms

Classic rose, calming lavender, intoxicating gardenia and delicate peony, the florist is a haven of natural perfumes. Most of us are usually so busy admiring the visual feast, we forget to stop and inhale the aroma. However, if you follow your nose, chances are you'll pick a bouquet of flowers that will inspire more admiration and thrills than going by sight alone. Here are 10 of the best scented flowers to get you started on your own perfume concoction.

Peony

These fulsome blooms smell as pretty as they look. But note that not all peony scents were created equal: some are headier than others. Look out for Charlie’s White variety with its large rounded white flower and deliciously distinctive scent.

Rose

This heady, timeless, classic scent is evocative of traditional English country gardens. Find its essential oil extract everywhere from your grandmother's rosewater to Stella Mccartney’s signature fragrance range.

Rose


Lily

The lily really knows how to make a statement in the home. If its flamboyant petals weren’t enough to catch your attention, its intoxicating scent certainly will be.

Lily

Freesia

Few fragrances shout ‘spring’ quite like the fresh scent of freesia. Light but with enough depth to tantalise your senses, it's a perfect seasonal scented gift.

Freesia

Gardenia

The gardenia has a distinctive ‘white flower’ scent that has made it a consistently popular choice for perfumers. A bouquet of these pretty blooms in the home will bring the scent of the outdoors in. 

Gardenia

Lavender

This distinctive scent, widely known for its soothing and calming properties, is the perfect companion for a bedroom dressing table. Its long-lasting flowers also promise to linger night after night. 

Lavender

Hyacinth

If you love the smell of lavender but prefer something a little less herbal and a little more floral, look no further than the hyacinth – similar to lavender but slightly sweeter and widely available as a cut flower. 

Hyacinth

Tuberose

Similar to its white flower counterparts, jasmine and gardenia, tuberose is bursting with scent but it also has an elegant appearance that makes it the ideal flower for a minimalist home or chic city wedding.

Tuberrose

Lilac

Like cherry blossom and magnolia, the sight of lilac trees in bloom is one of the great joys of spring. But this pretty purple flower has also become increasingly popular in bouquets, thanks to its vintage aesthetic and soft, sweet smell.

Lilac

Jasmine

A sweet smelling, small white-pinkish flower that grows on long trailing bracts. Jasmine is a great choice for a scented bouquet at a country wedding.

Jasmine

Read more about the rose, peony, lily and freesia in our guides.