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Whether or not you have a garden, you can create an indoor haven with these 6 fragrant bloomers. Just make sure you water often and place them in a sunny window. Keep in mind that these flowering plants will also look great in an outdoor container garden. Here are a list of my favorites:
- Jasminum: With its dainty and waxy white flowers, which emit a scent that will transport you to another world, the jasmine is a wonderful winter treat. Not all jasmines are fragrant, so remember to sniff before buying. They thrive in well-drained soil, with full sun or partial shade. Water freely and feed with a low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer (fish fertilizer is fine) monthly.
- Abutilons: Also known as flowering maples, these ladylike plants are grown for their showy, bell-shaped flowers. The flowers bloom in a variety of colors, including peach, orange, pink, red, yellow and white. Abutilons flower continuously from spring to autumn, although mine have flowered straight through the winter. They do best in well-drained, fertile soil with full light.
- Begonias (particularly Begonia rex): You can’t go wrong with any of the begonia specimens (of which there are over 1,300). They all do well in a slightly acidic peat-based or potting soil mix with bright filtered sunlight. Not a fussy plant, the begonia only needs to be watered and fertilized moderately. Begonia rex is a favorite of mine because of its silver-green tined, hairy leaves. Pink flowers bloom in the winter.
- Brugmansia: Also known as the angel trumpet, this beautiful plant will be a real showstopper in your home during the cold-weather months. Its drooping, trumpet-like flowers bloom (and give off an incredible scent) from late spring to autumn. It does well in direct sunlight and needs to be watered when the soil feels dry. The angel trumpet is a heavy feeder -- don't forget to fertilize on a regular basis. Though some people allow them to go dormant during the winter, I love to let mine flourish. Then I cut them back hard in the spring before taking them outdoors.
- Passiflora: Also known as the passionflower vine, this plant is one of the most seductive and alluring tendril climbers that I have ever encountered. Its exotic flowers (mostly aromatic) will stop you in your tracks. If you’ve never treated yourself to one, I strongly urge you to do so. You’ll never regret it. Passionflowers do well in a soil-based potting mix in full light.
- Lavandula: During the winter months, I place pots of lavender throughout my home for its relaxing aroma. This scent, along with lavender’s grayish, slender stalk, reminds me of Italy and the South of France. Why buy lavender sachets when you can have the real thing? Lavender is easy to grow, does well in full sun, likes well-drained soil and only needs moderate watering.