6 Flowers That Smell Like Candy

Iím a vegetable gardener. Or at least, I always have been until very recently. I love growing my own food and Iíve dedicated a lot of time and energy into learning the craft of small-scale food farming.

However, a recent move and certain circumstances have kept me from my veggie-growing ways this year. And now, in this new house, Iím feeling drawn to flowers for the first time ever. Flowers! Beautiful bright blooms, a rainbow explosion across my yard. All the shapes and colors and sizes; vines and stalks and shrubs and on and on. But mostly? Mostly I want the sweet, calming, joy-inducing fragrance that comes from fresh blooming flowers.

And Iíve been doing my research. Some people like it floral and perfume-y, others like it heady and tropical. Me? I guess because Iím used to growing food Ė I like my flowers to smell downright edible. So here it is, my top six picks for the most delectably-scented flowers you can find. These are the flowers that smell like candy!

1) Freesia

Photo of Freesia by M.Martin Vincente/Flickr Creative Commons.
Photo of Freesia by M.Martin Vincente/Flickr Creative Commons.

Freesia is a very sweet-smelling flower, almost reminiscent of strawberries or other summer fruit.† Some people even describe it as smelling like Fruit Loops! But itís much more mild than that with subtle high notes of honey and mint.

2) Honeysuckle

Photo of European Honeysuckle by sannse/Wikimedia Commons.
Photo of European Honeysuckle by sannse/Wikimedia Commons.

Honeysuckles are small fragrant flowers that grow on hardy bushes. They will fill your home with their sweet sweet aroma. Honeysuckle is a pungent, almost thick sort of scent, but itís fruity and warm with hints of honey and ripe citrus.

3) Lilac

Photo of lilac bush by Pamela G.@Backwoods Cottage/Hometalk.com.
Photo of lilac bush by Pamela G.@Backwoods Cottage/Hometalk.com.

Lilac is an iconic purple shrub that bears a sweet, almost overly sweet, and heady fragrance. Lilac is heavy while still feeling fresh, but itís definitely a scent that clings to the air. The odor is fruity (without any citrus) and carries a light touch of vanilla.

4) Strawberry-Scented Geranium (Pelargonium)

Photo of a Pelargonium by FarOutFlora/Flickr Creative Commons.
Photo of a Pelargonium by FarOutFlora/Flickr Creative Commons.

These delicate pink flowers will release their aroma at the slightest touch, so theyíre a great addition along your paths and walkways. They give off a sweet, berry-like fragrance with delightful lemony undernotes. The smell of strawberry-scented geranium is just perfectly refreshing.

5) Tuberose

Photo of tuberose by jayeshp912/Flickr Creative Commons.
Photo of tuberose by jayeshp912/Flickr Creative Commons.

Tuberose aroma is very strong, and almost cloyingly sweet. Almost. The smell itself is hard to pin down, and has been described as anywhere from grape candy to Dr. Pepper soda. One thing thatís certain: tuberose has a very sweet, very exotic sort of aroma. Itís sexy and itís rich. This kind of candy is for grown-ups.

6) Chocolate Cosmos

Photo of chocolate cosmos by pemberlolly/Flickr Creative Commons.
Photo of chocolate cosmos by pemberlolly/Flickr Creative Commons.

We couldnít talk about flowers that smell like candy without mentioning chocolate! And chocolate lovers, you are in luck. †This particular variety of cosmos bears a deep burgundy flower. It looks just like the typical garden cosmos, except for that striking rust-colored hue. But most importantly, chocolate cosmos contain vanillin, the compounds found in cocoa, and thus they emit a rich, distinctly cocoa-like aroma.

So, are you inspired to get out there and start playing with flowers that smell like candy? To try and grow your own candy flower garden? I know I am!

Sayward Rebhal writes about everything, from painting contractors in Los Angeles to home remodeling, for Networx.com.

105 comments

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Doe mij maar kamperfoelie!

tanzy t.
tanzy t.3 years ago

some flowers are hard to grow. nothings better than fresh flowers in the house.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

I love the fragrance from any flower that has one. So much so, that any flower that does not carry a scent, I consider worthless.

What good is a beautiful rose without the unique rose smell. It is a cheap copycat.

When I lived in Virginia, the Honeysuckle would grow wild along the fences on the highway. It smelled heavenly.

Sonali G.
Sonali G.3 years ago

We always enjoyed a bit of night scented stock but also sweet peas have a nice aroma.

Elizabeta Hartz
Elizabeta Hartz3 years ago

Wonderful!! I love it!!!

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Very intriguing. I like the idea of flowers that smell like candy. Thanks Chaya!

Olivia S.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks...don't forget sweet peas! It's a shame that hybridizers have removed the fragrance from a lot of flowers. Ditto Shaun P....there must be at least 100 bumble bees on my Anise hyssop every day.

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder3 years ago

Cool...

Lin M
Lin M3 years ago

Have to add the chocolate. I only have yellow ones.

Shawn P.
Shawn P.3 years ago

Anise hyssop smells exactly like licorice and the bees love the flowers too! And we have a chocolate mint plant that smells just like a peppermint patty or Andes candy.