Plants that bloom in the winter? Could this be true? It is indeed. Sarcococca, also known as sweetbox, is an an evergreen that does wonders for the winter garden. Let’s take a look at three different varieties.
Sarcococca confusa is a truly handsome species. This shrub is densely covered with dark, glossy green foliage. Sweetly scented clusters of tiny white flowers are followed by showy, glossy black fruit. It’s an excellent ground cover or mixed border plant for shady areas.
Sarcococca ruscifolia is a great shrub for shady areas. Its white flowers are small, but extremely fragrant. They’re followed by bright red fruit. It’s very effective in areas where others won’t grow!
Sarcococca hookeriana is the compact grower of the bunch. It’s a great groundcover for the shade garden The polished appearance of the dark green leaves create a clean-looking uniform appearance. Fragrant white flowers are followed by blue-black fruit.
Scent can have a great effect on our mood. Of the five senses, smell is most closely tied to memory. All of these plants have a fantastic fragrance to them. Place them close to a door or next to a pathway and enjoy the olfactory goodness every time you pass by.
All sarcococca are deer resistant and ruscifolia can even be used in espalier. Imagine that!