Sumptuously Scented Sarcoccoca Confusa
Also known as Christmas Box, this small hardy evergreen shrub gives off the most deliciously scented winter flowers. It has compact glossy green foliage, with white flowers and attractive black berry-like fruit. Christmas Box is ideal for growing in a pot by the front door. The plant is slow growing to a maximum height of 1.2m.
Easy to grow, Christmas Box plants prefer moist, well drained and humus rich soil. They're perfect planted in light shade under other trees and shrubs. Christmas Box can also be planted together to create a low hedge, as an alternative to common box. Containerised plants are readily available and can be planted now if the ground isn’t frozen.
Vicky’s Top Tip
Lightly prune with shears after flowering, to keep in a neat ball shape.