Houseplant – We all know that the plants inside our homes do more than just look pretty. They actually purify the air we breathe. And they are beautiful to look at as well.
Indoor plants remove toxins and carbon dioxide from the air, as well as act as natural humidifiers.
Plants also help to reduce stress, give you an organic focus, and a place to relax.
Best Fragrant Air Fresheners Plant
So, instead of spending a lot of money on buying expensive scented candles, why not grow your own fragrant plants at home? Here are some easy-to-grow plants that will give you beautiful and fragrant air.
Botanical Name: Hoya
The Hoya is a beautiful shrub or small tree with thick, leathery leaves and large, long-lasting flowers. Its fragrant flowers are white, pink, red, or orange, and form in clusters, often with yellow centers.
Hoyas prefer well-drained soil that is acid to neutral in pH. They like a sunny location but can tolerate some shade. The flowers can be cut for dried flower arrangements.
Hoyas are easy to grow from seed or cuttings. Hoya carnosa Rubra aka ‘Krimson Princess’, Hoya obovata, Hoya retusa are the best fragrant ones.
Botanical Name: Lavandula
Lavandula is an ancient word, dating back to the time of the Greeks, and it means “to wash.” Lavender has been used for medicinal purposes, and to scent fabrics, since ancient times. Lavender is most commonly known for its calming, soothing scent, which many people find refreshing.
Lavender is also often used as an insect repellent. Simply crush some lavender leaves and sprinkle them in and around your home.
Lavender grows best in moderately dry, well-drained soil. Plant it in full sun or partial shade.
Lavender grows best in climates with cool summers and mild winters. Grow lavender in well-drained soil, free of weeds. Add compost to the planting bed or look for soil labeled “organic.”
Lavender needs water. In dry weather, water your lavender every 4 to 5 days; in rainy weather, water it every 7 to 10 days. If the soil feels dry, soak it.
Lavender needs feed. Feed it about once per month during the growing season with a balanced organic fertilizer.
Botanical Name: Cattleya spp.
Orchids are flowering plants with waxy, heart-shaped flowers. They come in many varieties, each with its distinctive shape and color. Nowadays, orchids have become very popular, and you can also find them in many of the flowers arrangements.
Orchids belong to the genus Cattleya, which belongs to the family Orchidaceae. Cattleya orchids are native to tropical regions of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern Mexico.
Orchids are popular houseplants and make great gifts. Orchids can be grown in containers or outdoor in pots. They require sufficient sunlight and constant moisture.
Cattleya orchids usually bloom once a year. Cattleya carlesii, Cattleya equestris, and Cattleya franciscana can bloom twice in a year.
Botanical Name: Jasminum polyanthum
Jasmine is an intensely fragrant tropical vine that is native to Southeast Asia. Its flowers have six petals ranging from white to yellow to pink. The plant can grow to be 10 feet long and can grow over 3 feet per week when left to its own devices.
Jasmine grows best in warm tropical climates, though it can be grown indoors in moderate to humid climates. The plant is often grown in gardens, along the edges of buildings, and in rocky areas.
Jasmine is a prolific bloomer. It flowers year round, and flowers can be harvested up to three times per year.
The flowers can be dried and used in perfumes. The flowers are also used in food, tea, and ice cream. Jasmine flowers are also used in aromatherapy.
Botanical Name: Mentha
There are hundreds of mint plants to choose from, but by far the most common is spearmint. Mint’s fragrance is unmistakable, and it’s very popular in herbal products. In fact, it’s often an ingredient in toothpaste and breath sprays. Mint is also popular for its health benefits. It’s a popular tea for digestion, and has long been used as a remedy for headaches, nausea, and stomach pain.
Mint plants come in a wide range of colors and leaf shapes. They grow well in pots as well. But, like all mint, spearmint is best grown in a sunny spot. If you grow it in a shady spot, it probably won’t grow very well.
Mints prefer well-drained, moderately fertile soil. They grow best in slightly acidic soil. You can grow mints easily in pots indoors, but it’s often easier to grow them outdoors in a sunny spot.
Botanical Name: Narcissus papyraceus
The Narcissus papyraceus is not to be confused with the Narcissus poeticus, which is common, though less fragrant, and begins blooming in April.
Narcissus papyraceus is in the Liliaceae family, the same family as the tulip and daffodil. The plant has 2-3 inch long papery white, trumpet-shaped flowers, fading to pale green, in flat, nodding clusters.
The flowers appear early in the spring and last for weeks. The bulbs grow 4-5 inches tall and up to 3 inches wide. They prefer rich, moist soil and grow best in partial shade or in a sunny spot with morning sun and afternoon shade.
Botanical Name: Mitriostigma axillare
The African Gardenia (Mitraostigma axillare) is a vigorous, evergreen, woody climber growing to 15 feet. It is grown for its large, funnel-shaped, white flowers, which bloom throughout the year.
Gardenias were once a popular ornamental in Victorian era gardens, and are still grown for their fragrance, which perfumes the air in shades of damask rose, pear, and jasmine.
The gardenia likes a slightly acidic soil, and does well against fences and trellis. African Gardenias bloom for the plant’s entire life, and do not require pruning.