Sarcococca or Sweet Box. I read about these a few years ago and became interested because they flower in winter and have a lovely vanilla scent but I’ve never had any in a garden of my own. I found this example of a Sweet Box on our visit to Dunedin Botanic Garden on 27 Aug 2017. From what I’ve read today they’re remarkably unfussy plants. Sarcococca are woodland plants and happily grow in shade or semi-shade, are fine in dry shade, and tolerate acid or alkaline soil. Amazing! And come to think of it, we did notice a lovely vanilla scent hanging in the air at the gardens – nice! Apparently most of them sucker but not Sarcococca confusa (which I’ve read is also the largest and bushiest and can grow to 6ft tall although more commonly about 4 ft tall).
So here we have the species named Sarcococca ruscifolia …
This photo (below) is of a similar plant in a nearby bed that had lots of flowers. I’m just assuming its the same species.
Sometime when I have my own garden again I’d love to try growing some varieties of Sarcococca! If you have Sarcococca growing in your garden I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments 🙂
A few information links that I’ve found:
How to grow: Sarcococcas : The Telegraph / Mary Keen
Heaven scent : Express / Alan Titchmarsh
Sarcococca : HorticultureWeek
Text and photos by Exploring Colour (2017)