I’ve just been stopped in my tracks by the delicious scent of Sarcococca hookeriana (aka Chrismas box, Sweet Box) in my garden. It’s a small slow-growing evergreen shrub with delicate pointed green glossy leaves that likes to grow in shade or semi-shade. It’s even happy growing under trees in dry shade.
In January , this plant produces unassuming small fluffy white flowers which are packed with such a strong and fragrant perfume that no garden should be without them in winter time.
Sarcococca confusa (above) is very similar in shape and habitat, but has rounder and slightly darker leaves than S.hookeriana. Both plants should be widely available at this time of year in all good garden centres and nurseries and if you have a shady place to fill in your garden, then this could be the perfect plant for you.
P.S. You can read about plants supplying year round scent here