Sarcococca confusaI shall begin talking about this plant by dwelling firstly on its scent because it has the most heady sweet scent you could possibly ever wish to come across in a winter garden, well ok, besides Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ which is exquisite.. more on that plant in next week’s Blog. This is a wonderful evergreen plant for winter presence with its pretty white flowers, sweet perfume and dense dark evergreen foliage, this plant has much to offer the garden during the winter months.

About this plant:
Botanical name: Sarcococca confusa
Other names: Sweet box, Christmas box
Genus: Sarcococca
Species: S. confusa – S. confusa is an evergreen shrub with sweetly scented, pure white flowers in winter.
Sarcococca confusa is: Evergreen
Flower: White, insignificant or absent in Winter
Foliage: Dark-green in all seasons
Fruit: Black in Summer
Fragrance: Flowers are sweetly fragrant.
Habit: Bushy
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

I shall be recommending this plant to a client who wants her new plant scheme to include scented plants in her partially shaded westerly facing garden. Sarcocca confusa works well either in a partially shaded or a sunny area of the garden and as near to touch as possible for rifling through its leaves and diving your nose into the perfumed flowers. Enjoy!

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