Aromatic House Plants Inverness

You can spend a lot of money to sweeten a house, or you can get it as a bonus with aromatic houseplants. Even unscented plants help cleanse house air. They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

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Aromatic House Plants

Our houses must be stinky. There’s a huge industry in selling odour-disguising scents, ranging from candles and oils to elaborate perfume-dispersing machines.

You can spend a lot of money to sweeten a house, or you can get it as a bonus with aromatic houseplants. Even unscented plants help cleanse house air. They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.

Flowers are the obvious perfume producers outdoors, but not with most houseplants. They rely on their leaves to disperse their scent.

Plant scents are fresh and bright, not the heavy, chemicalized type you find in public restrooms. They have been cultivated indoors for centuries to disguise the strong odours of wood and coal fires. They offer the benefit of a subtle aroma that lasts even after the plants die. Their leaves may be dried and used for sachets.

Scented geraniums, called Pelargoniums, are hybrids created for aroma instead of flowering. Their leaves release the scent. They are available in a variety of scents, including mint, peppermint, balsam, cinnamon and chocolate. They need a sunny window and damp soil to thrive.

Jasmine uses continuous flowers to release an exotic blend of aroma. Its white flowers are profuse and beautiful. “The Maid of New Orleans” and orange jasmine are best for indoors. They grow fast and require a sunny, southern-facing window.

Patchouli comes from good stock. It was used to make one of the first perfumes. The plant is a small bush with dark green leaves. It thrives on warmth and filtered sunlight.

Lavender is a scent star, an easy-to-grow herb coming in compact varieties for indoors. Spanish lavender tolerates full sun to partial shade. The leaves may be used fresh in cooking and taste like rosemary.

Rosemary offers a piney, woodsy aroma each time you brush past it. It doubles as a fresh herb to season meats.

Citrofortunella creates a lemony scent in a fast-growing plant that benefits from frequent pruning.

Sansevieria parva is one of the easiest fragrant houseplants to grow. It is night-scented, meaning it releases its hyacinth perfume after dark.

Beware, some houseplants labeled as “scented” may not be your idea of perfume. The brugmansia sends out footlong trumpet flowers that release a strong odour at night, similar to cheap perfume. A notorious stinker is the Mitriostigma axillare, which may turn one’s stomach at first whiff. Note the “stigma” in its name.

Send gardening questions to jim.hillibish@cantonrep.com

author: Jim Hillibish