The world has no shortage of products designed to make your house smell good. You can spray stuff, you can light stuff, you can plug in stuff, you can just leave bowls of stuff sitting around. The disadvantage of all that is that the smells don’t last long, and you have to buy new products.
Ah, but planet earth has been making its own nice smells for all of time, and, lucky you, you can bring those smells into your house in the form of some lovely house plants. Here are seven house plants that will make your home smell as good as it looks.
Yeah, seriously, you can put a lemon tree in your house. If you want to have even more fun, you can grow it yourself from a seed. Eventually, it may get too big to contain indoors, but that will take years. In the meantime you’ll have a pretty plant that puts off a nice lemony scent. As an added bonus, you can eat the lemons (though you might be waiting a few years on those too).
You won’t be waiting long for fresh, delicious mint, however. It grows just fine inside, and a planter of it in your kitchen will do wonders to freshen up the air — just like your breath.
Gardenia’s require a lot of attention. They need plenty of sunlight and humidity, but they put off so much scent that you really only need to worry about keeping one of them alive.
Ah, basil, that vaguely minty, vaguely licoricy herb that takes your marinara sauce to the next level is also a great plant to set on a sunny window sill and let bloom. It will look great up there, won’t get too big, and will make your kitchen smell like there’s something good being cooked in there at all times.
If you’re not confident in your ability to keep a plant alive, eucalyptus is a good place to start. It doesn’t need much love, puts of a lovely scent and has beautiful blue-gray leaves. Just don’t eat it.
You know plumeria from the leis you see in Hawaii, so you know it’s visually striking. But its big beautiful flowers put off a distinctively tropical smell. Word of warning, though: Plumeria will require a lot of care.
It will need good sunlight and humidity, and it’s a good idea to give it a small trellis to climb. Do that and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful flowers putting off an equally beautiful scent.
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