We always tend to seek a refreshing, floral scent. And what’s better than a natural fragrance coming from a Jasmine plant?! Jasmine has a lot of varieties and vines. Each one of them has a different and beautiful unique smell. A magical species, isn’t it?
We can not discuss taste and senses, right? Each individual has their own sense of smell. However, I did some research on which are the best-smelling Jasmine plants out there. I have gathered data based on the majority’s opinions and senses.
In the list below, I will try to make things easier for you to choose the one you think is the most suitable. Because each Jasmine variety has its own characteristics. Each characteristic is admired and wanted by different individuals.
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Which Jasmine Variety Smell the Best
1. Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum Sambac)
Also known as “The Grand Duke of Tuscany,“ or “The Grand Duke Supreme.” This kind is highly rated and requested. Its gorgeous fragranced white flowers. What makes this one desired is the fact that it blooms all year round and has a gentle, delicious, soft scent.
If you are wondering what it smells like exactly, brands make tea out of its flowers. So, to some extent, you should have an idea of the smell.
The Arabian Jasmine grows from 1.6 to 9.8ft (0.5 to 3m) tall. It doesn’t take up much space. It has really shiny and glossy pigmented leaves. You can either have it as an indoor plant or an outdoor plant. Or why not both since it smells so heavingly?
2. Common Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale)
Jasminum Officinale, common Jasmine, and Arabian Jasmine are a little similar in fragrance. Common Jasmine, also known as Poet’s Jasmine, has a strong and a bit heavy, yet beautiful smell.
Some perfumes use this beautiful plant to create perfumes. Common jasmine is most of the time confused with Jasminum Grandiflorum, however; they might look almost similar in shape, but the scent is very different.
It grows from 13 to 30ft (4 to 9m) and it takes almost 10 years to reach its maximum height.
3. Spanish Jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum)
The Spanish Jasmine is a true Jasmine. Its fragrance really stands out, very sharp. Its flowery blooms’ scent is not very strong, you need to be close to it in order to smell it.
I, personally, am not a huge fan of its smell. But it tends to be really popular among people. another title this Spanish jasmine is famous for is royal or Catalonian Jasmine.
It grows from 6.5 to 13ft (2 to 4m). An additional piece of information you might need; Spanish Jasmine leaves are used as a herbal medicine in India. And its blooms are used for hair care routines.
4. Angelwing Jasmine (Jasminum Laurifolium)
Also known as Jasmine Nitidum. This Jasmine’s flowers have a very unique shape, long and spiky flowers. Its smell is very nice, yet very light.
However, Angelwing Jasmine does not smell most of the time. Its fragrance can be caught only at random times of the day. It blooms only during winter.
Even though its smell is amazing, if you’re looking for Jasmine to provide you with a full-time fragrance, then this one is not for you. It grows up to 6.5ft (2m)
5. Twisted Jasmine (Jasminum Tortuosum)
Twisted Jasmine has a very perfume-like fragrance. Its smell resembles the scent of Lily of the Valley. It has a fruity scent with a hint of citrus. Some people think that its smell is too good to be coming out of the flower itself.
It blooms white flowers all year round, so you can have that beautiful scent all the time. Though, during spring, it tends to flower even more. It grows up to 25ft (7.5m)
6. Showy Jasmine (Jasminum Floridum)
Unlike the ones mentioned above, Showy Jasmine has yellow flowers. This evergreen shrub isn’t very “showy” since its flowers are yellow and the leaves are green, however; the smell it produces is “showy” and outstanding for sure. This Jasmine works great for covering areas and just giving nature and greenery vibes.
Showy jasmine blooms in early summer till early fall. It grows from 3ft to 5ft (1m to 1.5m.) It is pretty small and nice.
7. Pink Jasmine (Jasminum Polyanthum)
Among all the true Jasmines out there, Pink Jasmine has the strongest fragrance. Its smell is something between Officinale. J and Angular. J. which is very attractive and refreshing.
I had a gorgeous Pink Jasmine a couple of years ago in my old home. We used to keep it in the leaving room blessing us with its fragrance all day.
It blooms in later winter through early summer. It grows up to 25ft tall (7.5m) with support of course.
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There are many other fake Jasmine that smell amazing such as “Star Jasmine/ Confederate Jasmine,” “Night-Blooming Jasmine,” and “Madagascar Jasmine,” These would also make great plants if you’re only looking for nice fragrance plants and not specifically a Jasmine.
If so, nigh-blooming jasmine’s scent is what I imagine heaven to smell like. Very strong, yet very light. It is a mix of vanilla scent and Common Jasmine. This type of fragrance is the kind where you either love or hate it. Nothing in between.
Star Jasmine and Madagascar Jasmine tend to have an intense tropical fragrance. They smell pretty good compared to some other varieties of Jasmine.