Ever stood in a meadow and looked at the greenery and the fresh smell of flowers and clean air……it is like little piece of heaven. But this all comes at very expensive expense…. I mean all this urbanization is killing mother nature. When I was little, we used to have this field on the foot a hill where the grass was so beautiful and green and the flowers were just breath- taking but now there’s a hotel there and suddenly everything is artificial. Today if I want to experience that little piece of heaven I have spend too! I mean all these holiday destinations like Bali, Phuket they’re so famous because we don’t have much left to that is entirely natural.
I just love the aroma of flowers and their bright colors and living in all these modern houses never really gave me a chance to experience nature. So, I thought why every time I need to spend my money to experience this wonderful gift of nature and so I build my piece of heaven inside my own house. Yes! I planted flowers and fragrant plants inside my house and it is going quite well! Honestly, you need to have the knowledge of the plants and they flourish like they’re grown out in open spaces.
Using fragrant plants have so many advantages, first you are breathing the fresh fragrant air that has been offered only for you. Second you never have to spend on those cheap home fragrances that claims that they have nature packed in a bottle but in reality, is polluting your air with aerosols and Chlorofluorocarbons. These plants will offer you your own unique fragrance with a touch of nature and your friends will keep on wondering the brand of the fragrance! Here are some of the commonly found fragrant house plants that you can grow inside the house!
Scented Geraniums: They are grown for their scented and ornamental leaves. Stroking their leaves or splashing water on them on a hot summer’s day is a joy not to be misses. You must keep them close to you as the serene fragrance will make you calm and peaceful. The aroma offered by Geraniums are so peaceful that you will want to brush against the leaves more often than you want.
You will want that you plant it everywhere in your house so that everything smells just like this. You need to keep in mind while handling the plant.
Scented Geraniums are fast growing and highly tolerant of variable soils and conditions. The plant dies if it gets too cold, so it’s better you keep them in non-air-conditioned area. The soil needs to contain enough air pockets to allow water to drain freely and enough organic matter to hold the hold the moisture so that the plant don’t dry out too quickly so use high quality organic potting soil with lots of texture and organic fertilizers. Do repotting every alternate season and always keep your plant in a sunny place. Scented Geraniums don’t take a lot of water but they do need some. Leaves should never be allowed to wilt but the soil should not be wet enough to make mud pies.
Jasmine: When you feel like your nostrils are fluttering with breeze filled with a heady scent at night you will know that it is Jasmine. Though Jasmine is a vine usually grown outdoors, some varieties can also be grown as houseplants- jasmine polyanthum is the most common indoor jasmine and it has sweet aroma that is particularly fragrant at night.
Indoor jasmine likes to spend time outside so in summers locate the plant in a partly sunny spot to encourage growth and keep the plant outdoor for about six weeks in the cool of autumn. This encourages the buds to form. Also, keep in mind that jasmine is a vine and hence provide it with a support where it will climb usually window is the best option. The soil mixture should remain moist throughout the year, but not soggy. Less water is needed during the resting period following bloom decline. Use Phosphorous rich fertilizer to prolong the length of the bloom time. Pruning is very necessary as the plant may go wild. Indoor jasmine plants have a long lifespan when cared for properly.
Citrus Blossom: this beautiful and colorful plant has so many uses but most importantly the fragranceof flowers makes them a popular accessory in decorations, fashion and of course in gardening. The petals of the flower can be made into Orange Flower Water, which is a useful ingredient in baking.
Height of the plant can be expected up to three feet. They prefer well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Maintain the soil moist evenly and fertilize it as per requirement, it is better if you use manure. The plant thrives within the normal temperature range of about 70°F. The plant loves sunlight so keep it someplace where there is ample sunlight or you could just put it under direct sunlight for some time.
Eucalyptus: This plant can be a very good show-piece when put it under the high-light spot. It offers blue-gray foliage with a distinct aroma when you rub it. In fact, NASA says that the plant improves the indoor air quality.
Eucalyptus thrives in almost any well-drained soil, tolerating salt, sand and high pH level. The plant needs bright light conditions, keep it near a window that receives plenty of sunshine. Use a big container to plant.
Gardenia: The beautiful creamy white flowers contrasting with beautiful fresh green leaves and the intoxicating fragrance- Gardenia is very essential part of the indoor plants. they are irresistible heat loving evergreen shrubs or trees. But this plant is not an easy one to grow but it’s beauty and exquisite fragrance makes up for the extra attention they require.
The plant prefers full sun, but exposure to warm sunlight for an extended period may scorch and its buds may fall out. So, it is advisory to keep the plant exposed in the morning sunlight and then put it under shade during the rest of the day. Gardenia should receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight through a sunny window. Make sure that the plant’s soil is moist and well- drained. Keep the soil consistently damp but not soggy. Don’t let the soil to dry out and don’t over-water your plant as the flower buds will not open and may even drop off. Add plenty of organic matter to the soil such as peat moss or manure to enhance the growth of the plant. Gardenia demand high humidity to thrive. Provide extra moisture with daily misting, set the plant on a tray of moist pebbles and/or use a humidifier.
Grow these beauties in your house for a beautiful fragrant experience. Caring for a plant is always much easier when you constantly have the opportunity to appreciate its beauty.