Video: How good that does: The scent of plants dispels cloudy moods
Smells influence our emotional world. In the spring and summer months, the abundance of flowers in the gardens pampers our noses. But even in winter you don't have to do without floral fragrances.
An impressive selection of houseplants acts as a blooming room perfume. The room jasmine (Jasminum officinale) has delicate white flowers, the smell of which is so intrusive for some sensitive noses: the tendril should be cut back slightly after flowering.
The wreath loop (Stephanotis floribunda) has more striking flowers with a gentle fragrance. Now in winter it needs a rest phase at 12 to 14 degrees Celsius and only a little water:
New flowers form on the bloomed inflorescences of their relatives, the wax flower (Hoya carnosa). Only tendrils are cut back if they are too long.
A classic scented plant is the myrtle (Myrtus communis): Its flowers hardly smell, while the leaves, rubbed lightly between the fingers, spread a fresh aroma.
The flowers of the citrus plants develop a fresh, fruity bouquet, with the chinotto or scented orange (Citrus aurantium myrtifolia) outdoing all their relatives with their scent: citrus plants often bloom at the same time that their fruits are still ripe on the bush. This is particularly appealing.
Myrtle and orange feel most comfortable in a bright room with temperatures between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius. They suffer visibly in the well-heated rooms of our modern apartments and do not always survive the winter.
In contrast, the good old bow hemp (Sanseveria trifasciata) is a true survivor: the inconspicuous flowers of this frugal plant spread a magical honey scent.