The Best Smelling Plants For Home Offices

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Our obsession, as you might know, is trying to build the perfect home office, one that balances  productivity with wellbeing and design.

In addition to utilising light and organisation skills to further your cause it’s possible to gain several benefits at once by introducing indoor plants that are fragrant into your workspace.

Evidence supports how scent can act as a biohack by reducing stress, increasing creativity and improving accuracy. With a multitude of wins just by simply introducing a plant into your home office it’s a wonder why this trend hasn’t caught on sooner. 

Let’s check out the best smelling plants that can be kept indoors:

  1. Lavender
  2. Gardenia
  3. Citrus Plants
  4. Scented Geranium
  5. Mint
  6. Phalaenopsis Orchid
  7. Jasmine
  8. Lemon Balm
  9. Plumeria


We all know the unique and wonderful smell of lavender. 

There are not many plants out there which can even come close to it. Plus, the purple leaves of the lavender plant have such a nice look to them, so you really can’t go wrong by having a lavender plant in your home.

There are also many different types of lavender which all have just a slight difference in smell, while still being easy to recognize as lavender.

All of them have a beautiful smell, while also having a gorgeous look that could brighten up any home.

Tips for growing lavender

If you’re looking to grow lavender indoors, make sure to choose a type of lavender that needs a little less space compared to other types of lavenders. This is because you will be growing it inside of a smaller container and therefore, it can’t have as much space as if you were to grow it in your garden.

All lavender plants also need a lot of water and a lot of light, so make sure to grow it somewhere inside where the lavender plants will still be exposed to light. You should also water your lavender plants’ regularity.

Lavender plants are also plants that need a warm temperature, so make sure that the lavender plants are not in a freezing cold room during winter, as they are vulnerable to cold temperatures.


Just behind Lavender, we have Gardenia, another plant you can grow inside which has a smell that everyone loves. Its native regions are Africa, Asia, Madagascar, and the pacific islands, but today they are available for you to grow at home no matter where you live.

Gardenias have a sweet and delicate fragrance which can also add to any room. Plus, they have a beautiful white look about them, so they will also be a great visual addition.

Tips for growing gardenia

As you may have noticed by the native regions of Gardenia mentioned earlier, Gardenia usually grows outside.

However, that does not mean that you can’t grow Gardenia at home, as that is very much possible. Although, you must assure that you give them the perfect conditions they need.

To grow a fragrant Gardenia plant you must allow it to get lots of light, at least 6 to 8 hours per day. But, you should make sure that they are not exposed to hot heat as that can damage them.

To put this into context, the ideal temperate which you should be aiming for is 55°F to 60°F. If you go significantly over or below this temperature, your Gardenia plants may be harmed.

Citrus Plants

Another fragrant plant that you can grow indoors and truly deserves to be on this list are the citrus plants.

Citrus plants are some of the best smelling indoor plants available to us and their smell is loved thanks to the sweetness and freshness. There are many different types of citrus plants such as lime, lemon, or orange, but they all have a wonderful smell that could add to your home.

Tips for growing citrus plants

Luckily, citrus plants are quite easy to grow inside.

They just need a decent amount of humidity, light, and soil which is easily drained. The light is quite important, so make sure that your citrus plants are getting around 8-12 hours of light each day.

Again, it shouldn’t be extremely high heat, but it should be light. Similar to Gardenia’s temperature, it’s temperature should be around 55°F and 85°F. You should also assure that the plants are getting a decent amount of humidity as this allows them to grow perfectly.

Scented Geranium

Geraniums don’t always have a scent, but when they do it’s a fantastic one.

All geraniums are gorgeous, there is no doubt about that. But, if you are looking for a Geranium to fill up a room of yours with a sweet smell then make sure that you are going for a scented geranium.

These scented geraniums normally have a smell comparable to sweet lemon, lime, and roses.

Tips for growing scented geranium

I prefer growing scented geraniums inside as it makes their wonderful aroma much more noticeable.

Just like most over plants on this list, scented geranium plants need a lot of light. This helps them bloom the outstanding way they do.

In terms of ideal temperature for scented geranium plants, you will want to go for 65°F to 70°F. 

To grow scented geranium plants, consider using commercial potting soil mixed with perlite.


The smell of a mint plant is another smell that everyone knows and loves.

One thing you will not get from mint plants is lovely looking flowers, however, the fragrant smell of the mint leaves makes up for it.

You also have a huge choice of different types of mint which all have an incredibly fresh smell that just adds a little freshness to your home.

Tips for growing mint

While mint plants are often grown outside, it’s incredibly easy to grow them indoors. The best location for mint plants is normally somewhere that is very bright but has low light.

Throughout the day, you will want the temperature to be anywhere from 65°F to 70°F, while at night you will want it to be around 55°F to 60°F

This temperature is perfect to grow mint, while also giving it the freshness it deserves. Also, when watering your mints make sure that you are not overwatering the plan, just water it to keep the plant moist. Otherwise, the mint will not turn out the way you wish.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Orchids can have a wonderful unique fragrance that you will not find with any other plant.

However, only certain Orchids have a fragrance, so it’s another one where you must watch out as you need to go for a specific type of orchid that has a fragrance.

One of my favorite orchids that has a lemony scent is the Cymbidium which is also known as the Golden Elf. It has a beautiful lemony scent which smells fabulous.

Tips for growing orchids

Some people find that specific types of Orchids can be a little harder to grow than other plants.

That’s why before you choose a type of Orchid, you should first research it just to be sure what to expect. Because of the significant differences in the types of Orchid, the recommended light conditions depend on the type too.

However, the light conditioning is something you need to get right though, as getting it wrong would stop your orchids from blooming the way they should.

Usually the ideal temperate for most types of orchids is somewhere between 70°F to 90°F. That being said, it can also depend on the type of Orchid.


Just like some of the other plants on this list, not all jasmine plant flowers are fragrant.

However, the ones that do have a beautiful scent, especially when they are inside. The scent of the flowers is comparable to those of the Gardenia flowers, but it’s a little less noticeable even for the jasmine flowers that do have fragrant flowers, hence why it is further down the list.

At the same time, I may have been a little harsh putting it so far down this list, as it’s one of the most fragrant indoor plants.

Tips for growing jasmine

Normally, Jasmine is grown outside. However, if you truly want to enjoy the smell, growing it inside will be best.

It also needs a lot of light to grow and bloom the way it does. In fact, Jasmine plants should get as much as possible.

The same goes for winter, but the light doesn’t have to be directly from the sun, it also works completely fine with low light. The best temperature to grow Jasmine is room temperature. But, keep the plants away from heaters or any other spots in your house that could be warmer or colder than room temperature.

In winter, jasmine plants are fine in your room too. Sometimes Jasmine plants are slow to bloom, but just be patient especially in your first year of growing it.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is also one of the best smelling plants for indoors. It natively grows in south-central Europe, the Mediterranean, Iran, Central Asia, and a couple of other places around the world.

Today it has also been naturalized in many places around the world including the US. Normally, it grows a height of 70 to 150 cm. It has a smell of lemon with a slight sense of mint which is truly a wonderful combination of scents.

Tips for growing lemon balm

Lemon balm is best when it’s grown under bright light. This makes the plant grow thicker too which gives it a much better look and smell.

Lemon balm is a little more flexible in the sense that it does well in all temperatures, even the cold winters. However, don’t have it close to direct heat as this can damage the leaves of your lemon balm.

In terms of watering, you also want to avoid making the soil wet, as you want it just to be moist.


Plumeria is tremendously fragrant and also has beautiful white leaves, although the leaves can also be other colors depending on the type of Plumeria you find.

Other colors include red, yellow, orange, and pink. The fragrance is peachy and also extremely unique.

Tips for growing plumeria

Usually, Plumeria is grown outside, but it can be grown just as well inside too.

This means that Plumeria plants do need a lot of sunlight, as they naturally grow outside. Normally, they should get at least four hours of full sun, so make sure to place them close to a window that allows so.

In the day, Plumeria plants like a temperature of 75°F, while in the night that temperature can go down to 60°F and as high as 70°F.

Plumeria plants also enjoy lots of water, but not too much as that can kill the plant.

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