Monday, January 15th 2018 1:21pm
"Wintersweet, or Chimonanthus praecox, lives a secret double life as a mild-mannered garden shrub all summer long, with plain green leaves that are easily overlooked. Yet come this time of year, its bare branches erupt into waxy yellow flowers with deep burgundy throats and a scent that will stop you dead in your tracks. Spicy, sweet and intensely fragrant, it is well worth the few years' wait for the plants to reward you with flowers.
If you only have a tiny spot to play with, you couldn't do much better than Daphne bholua, especially if it is overshadowed by trees and tall buildings. These shade-loving, tiny, evergreen shrubs produce delicate white or pink blooms that look like they are made from sugar icing. And the scent - oh, the scent. Deep, rich and classically floral, it reminds me of vintage perfume.
Sarcococca hookeriana is another excellent candidate for smaller, shady spots, producing a jasmine-like scent so powerful you will almost certainly smell it before you see it.
Last but not least comes Viburnum x bodnantense, a large shrub with small pompoms in delicate white or pastel pink. With its extremely long flowering season, starting from mid-autumn until early spring, you'll get a conveyor of scented blooms right when you need them most."
At Flowery Potters we have an excellent range of fresh plants and flowers available for you, so I would urge you to call in when you are in the area. If you can`t get in you can always give us a ring for details on our delivery service on 028 9422 8010.
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