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Sarcococca confusa

Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Sarcococca confusa, or Christmas Box

Sarcococca confusa, also known as Christmas box or sweet box, is a must if you like scent in the garden. Any plant that flowers in the winter must work very hard to attract the few insects that are around, hence winter flowering shrubs are particularly fragrant. The Christmas box is a very unassuming, unfussy little plant with small white flowers and evergreen leaves. Plant it near an entrance, preferably in a sheltered, shady spot, to enjoy its powerful scent to the full. Whatever the time of year, there’s always something to see in the garden!

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