Fragrant Flowers for Winter

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Winter brings many delights, including the chance to bundle up and the opportunity to take in delicious smells. The experiences and aromas of winter are precious, and they’re things that we look forward to all year. As you throw on your favorite boots and sweater this season, and step out into the brisk air or chilly snow, consider bringing the following flowers into your home or garden for a perfect fragrance of winter. These blooms may not be what some people think of when they imagine a winter blossom, but their smell fits right in with sugar and spice and everything nice.


Cameo is an old-fashioned flower that perks up a winter garden with bold color and intrigues the nose. This blossom fiercely competes with other flowers to attract honeybees for pollination by putting out a fragrance that’s a natural perfume for wintery days.


This flower really attracts attention in a winter landscape. Edgeworthia, commonly called the rice paper plant, is an unusual-looking shrub that has naked tan branches topped with round clusters of silver flowers that are just about an inch in diameter. The flower’s fragrance is sugary, like icing or winter pudding.


An evergreen and the most typical winter plant on our list, osmanthus blossoms with pretty orange flowers. Osmanthus offers the best of both worlds by giving you a Christmas tree-scented shrub with dessert-like aromatic blooms. This is the flower that we think will stop you, or your house guests, in your tracks and beg you to take a deep sniff.

Along with these yummy-smelling winter flowers, we love mahonia and sarcococca, which are also evergreens. Do you have a favorite winter flower that you think smells perfect for the season? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Feel free to drop us a note in the comments below.

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