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Plants for Winter Scent

Winter might not be a time for blousy bold coloured flowers; it’s a much more subtle time in the garden.

Beauty is found in frosted seed heads, song birds, long shadows and golden light. A garden is about more than just what we can see – it should be a feast for the senses. Low light levels and frozen ground may be challenging but winter rewards us with scent.

I visited Maurice Parkinson at Ballyrobert Cottage Garden where he showed me a few of his favourite plants for scent in January.

  • Snowdrops – Galanthus ‘S. Arnott ‘

  • Witch Hazel - Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida'

  • Sweet Box - Sarcococca confusa

  • Sweet Honeysuckle - Lonicera fragrantissima