on the most miserable, cold, wet, dull day of
winter your garden should smell as sweet as
a discount perfume store.
summer the scent of flowers seems to be more
noticeable on warm, calm days. Not so with winter
flowering plants. These tough, no nonsense plants
dispense their fragrance whatever the weather.
is something about a flower which willingly
exudes its perfume rather than making you bring
it close to your nose and sniffing.
is a surprisingly long list of excellent perfumed,
winter flowering plants many of which are suitable
for cutting and decorating the Christmas table.
confusa is an amazing shrub which you could
not be faulted for ignoring if you lack the
sense of smell. The small, evergreen leaves
are glossy, dark green.
tiny, creamy-white male and female flowers appear
in winter and are followed by black berries.
It is a good plant for growing in shade.The
perfume is fantastic. If you are within 20 feet
of the plant, it will find you. How any tiny
flower can produce so much fragrance is incredible.
Sweet is a lovely name for Chimonanthus
praecox. A deciduous shrub with sweetly scented
flowers in winter.They are pale yellow, each
with a purple stain at the centre of the flower.
Unfortunately it only starts to flower after
3-4 years but it is worth waiting for.
deciduous plant that grows to a large size is
the Chinese Witch Hazel, Hamamelis mollis.
Flowering in winter on the bare stems, each
flower is curiously shaped. They resemble spiders
made of thin strips of lemon peel.This year,after
the mild autumn, they are flowering early. The
winter scent from even a few blooms is memorable.
Jasminum nudiflorum is also yellow, flowering
on thin, bright, green stems.It grows well against
a wall. Already in flower, pick some stems for
the house and the perfume will fill every room.
I must mention Mahonia Charity, Daphne mezereum
and a favourite of mine Lonicera fragrantissima.
I think they are well worth planting but I will
let your nose find out for itself.
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