Day 14: sarcococca

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Throwing open the back door, I’m greeting by a rich, sweet scent. Caramel, with dash of vanilla – I can’t quite pin it down in words. An event I look forward to every year, invariably taking me by surprise – when the tiny white flowers of the Christmas box (Sarcococca confusa) begin to waft their heady perfume across the garden. A slightly unruly shrub with a preference for well-drained (but not dry) soils, it earns its keep throughout the year with its handsome evergreen leaves, but plant it for these few days in January. Your nose will thank you.

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