The sweet scent – yes scent – of orchids!

Fragrant ‘moth orchids’ new houseplant trend for 2018

Great news for orchid lovers. The most popular indoor plant in the UK is set to become even more of a ‘must have’ as three varieties of delicately scented moth orchid hit the high street for the first time.

New Life scented moth orchid

New Life scented moth orchid

Until recently, Phalaenopsis orchids – pronounced Fal-en-op-sis and commonly known as moth orchids – have been unscented with the emphasis on their large eye-catching blooms and their ability to flower for up to three months at any time of the year. Millions are sold annually across the UK making them more popular than any other house plant.

Now, thanks to British orchid experts Double H Nurseries, beauty is being combined with fragrance, as the varieties Diffusion, New Life and Sunny Smell make their way into major retailers*. To hunt them down, shoppers can look for ‘scented orchid’ stickers on the retailer own-brand plant packaging – or have a sniff!

Sunny Smell fragrant moth orchid grown by Double H

Sunny Smell fragrant moth orchid grown by Double H

Working closely with specialist breeders in Europe, Double H has helped develop these three scented varieties to appeal to those who love perfume for their home as well as dramatic and colourful flowers. Boasting their own individual, delicate fragrance, which is at its sweetest in the morning, the scented moth orchids require the same easy care as their non-scented cousins and flower for a similar time-span:

Diffusion – has beautifully rich pink/purple coloured petals. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit** (AGM). New for 2018.

New Life – white petals tinged with a delicate shade of pink, and yellow ‘lip’. Also awarded the RHS AGM. New for 2018.

Sunny Smell – boasts a profusion of petals in a cheerful yellow shade with touches of dark pink. Was shortlisted for RHS Plant of the Year when it was first unveiled at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. Has been available in limited supplies since but this year will be more widely available.

Mark Riley from Double H said: “As the largest grower of orchids in the country, we know these beautiful plants are much loved, so after years of development we’re excited to be launching these new varieties into shops. They look stunning, have similar floral staying power as traditional moth orchids, but also have a wonderfully sweet and delicate scent. Orchid fans will love them.”

Diffusion scented moth orchid

Diffusion scented moth orchid

For more information on orchids plus growing tips and tricks visit H is teaming up with floral designer Jonathan Moseley to showcase its British-grown orchids for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (6-10 June). Over 100 varieties will be on show in one of the largest displays of its kind.


For further press information contact Emma Mason at 07762 117433

Notes for editors: * Scented orchids will be available in M&S, Waitrose, and Tesco. Prices will vary. ** The RHS AGM helps plant lovers make informed decisions when selecting plants to purchase. It is awarded to plants that are excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions; available; of good constitution; essentially stable in form and colour; and reasonably resistant to pests and diseases.

Double H Nurseries – Family-owned Double H Nurseries was established in 1961 and supplies over 4.5 million indoor plants to UK retailers including orchids, roses, poinsettias and chrysanthemums. It is the largest British grower of orchids. It supports the Love Orchids website which gives hints and tips on growing these fabulous blooms.