Our Southern gardens are oases of gorgeous blossoms and heady fragrances. When in bloom, plants’ sweet scents are borne up on the wind and suffuse the landscape with delicate drifting perfumes. It doesn’t take long to become utterly enchanted by a blooming garden. Walk underneath a wisteria arch, breathe deeply near a rose bush, and sit beneath a magnolia heavy with blossom—it’s all bound to make you swoon.
If you’re looking to add a few sweetly scented blooms to your garden this season, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve dipped into The New Southern Living Garden Book in order to compile a starter list of the most fragrant blooming plants that thrive in South. These are our favorites; some are flowers, while others are blooming trees or shrubs, but all of them are sweeter than our favorite colognes.