Saturday, 28 January 2012

Winter flowering Sarcococca confusa - sweet box

Plant of the week

One of my favourite plants for dry shade is the robust, glossy and winter flowering Sarcococca confusa an amazing plant that tolerates a very dry position where little else would survive. An evergreen glossy plant that can be clipped into an informal hedge. If I stand under my pine tree in my garden adjacent to my neighbours conifer hedge (i.e incredibly dry, shady and sandy soil) I can smell sweet vanilla scent from the Sarcococca flowers. The flowers are followed by a black berry. When our clients say "You'll never find a plant to grow under there, it's far too dry" we know we can !

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