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Come and visit North Haven Gardens, your destination for all your gardening needs in Dallas. As you step inside, you'll find a comprehensive selection of quality gardening equipment and a diverse plant nursery with a stunning array of indoor plants, outdoor plants, and a variety of fresh vegetables. Our expert garden coaches are dedicated to helping you turn your gardening dreams into reality. Plus, we now have delivery services available in Dallas (within our service area, call for details). Now you can ensure that your gardening essentials are conveniently brought to your doorstep. You can even sign up for a grow card membership to earn points and save on your purchases.

Here at North Haven Gardens, we take pride in offering a curated selection that caters to all levels of expertise. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, our friendly and professional staff is here to help. Visit our nursery in Dallas an experience the difference.

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A Guide to Plants That Smell Like Lemons

The heady fragrance of fresh lemon peel is unbeatably fresh, fragrant, and therapeutic. It’s among our favorite smells, along with some related botanical fragrances that mimic and/or reproduce this fragrance. Many of these plants are economically important for cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, and aromatherapy goods, and many of them you can grow easily at home.


What Makes Lemons So Lemony?

The true Lemon, Citrus limon, is thought to be native to Mediterranean climates and does best with protection in our North Texas winters, making them excellent container trees. Lemon trees produce leathery, oily leaves that contain lemon peel oil. This oil is highly prized for a variety of uses and is composed primarily of terpenes, primarily limonene (65%) and citral (5%). Citral is considered a mix of two aldehyde compounds, Geranial and Neral, and these two are the root compounds that provide that famous perfume: Geranial is the stronger of the two, while Neral is sweeter and less intense. Together, they give us the famous lemon perfume.

Our Favorite Lemon Scented Plants



Lemon Verbena

Aloysia citriodora (among other synonyms), is probably the most famous plant bearing the ‘Lemon’ distinction. The perfume of this plant is renown; it’s among the most beautiful, rich and relaxing lemony fragrances available anywhere, and is extremely hard to duplicate artificially. Lemon verbena is native to South America and is a frost-tender perennial subshrub with thin stems, elongated leaves with a hirsute (bristly hairy) pubescence, and tiny, delicate pinkish-white flowers. It also produces Citral, in greater concentration than Lemons, at around 30-35%. Lemon verbena is highly prized for both cosmetics and culinary purposes, with uses in cocktails, sorbets, and baked goods, as well as salads, soups and sauces.

LemonGrass (1)

Cymbopogon citratus, is a tropical grass native to Asia. Although it is frost tender, it can get very large in one season with preferable conditions, easily reaching up to 4’ in height. Lemongrass also produces Citral, and surprisingly, in higher concentrations than Lemon Verbena: up to 70-80%. It has a clean, tangy lemon fragrance and is highly prized in many Asian cuisines, as well as both cosmetic and aromatherapeutic products. The tough, fibrous leaves are considered inedible at maturity; however, it’s the tender, white fleshy bases of the shoots that are used in cooking, while dried leaves are used to make herbal tea.


Lemon Cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’, is a cultivar of Monterrey Cypress, and can grow very large over time, but we carry them in small sizes and topiaries that make fantastic specimen plants. While it doesn’t contain the same oils as those lemony plants above, it does offer a cheerful pop of lemony chartreuse color with a fresh, citrusy fragrance. These make excellent conversation plants for live holiday decorations and gifts, and are easy to care for.

Find Lemon Scented Plants at North Haven Gardens

Each of these plants has its own unique qualities and uses, from cosmetics to cuisine. Whether you are looking to add some fragrance to your garden, or simply enjoy the fresh and relaxing aroma of lemons, these plants are sure to delight. Visit North Haven Gardens in Dallas, TX to see these plants for yourself and find the perfect addition to your own home garden. With a wide selection and expert staff, you’re sure to find the right plant for you. If you want more planting tips and gardening resources, sign up for the NHG newsletter.

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