Gardens: Make Scents of Your Winter Garden; GARDENING at This Miserable Time of Year Anything That Flowers Is Worth Growing, but If You Want to Make Your Garden Really Special Pick Plants with Sweet and Spicy-Scented Blooms That Will Fragrance the Cold Air

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Gardens: Make Scents of Your Winter Garden; GARDENING at This Miserable Time of Year Anything That Flowers Is Worth Growing, but If You Want to Make Your Garden Really Special Pick Plants with Sweet and Spicy-Scented Blooms That Will Fragrance the Cold Air


Byline: ADRIENNE WILD

The delicate flowers which hang from the naked branches in late winter have a rich, spicy-sweet fragrance

WITCH HAZEL

WITCH hazel's delicate flowers, which hang from its naked branches in late winter, have a powerful spicy-sweet fragrance. Hamamelis mollis and the intermedia hybrids are the most strongly scented and have lustrous green leaves with rich autumn colour.

GOOD IDEA: Plant it as a lone specimen in a lawn or among early-flowering perennials like the stinking hellebore. As it's a slow-growing shrub, it's also ideal for containers. Grow it in sun or partial shade and in acid soil, but don't allow the compost to dry out.

HOW MUCH? The best red-flowered variety Ruby Glow costs pounds 18.95 from edirectory online store (0844 4936 602, www.edirectory.co.uk).

CHRISTMAS BOX

TOLERANT of deep shade, chalk and even damp soil, Christmas box or Sarcococca confusa will thrive where not much else will grow. Best of all, though, are the tiny white flowers that open in late winter, which are packed with a powerful and delicious honey scent.

GOOD IDEA: This dwarf, "impossible to kill" evergreen shrub has a spreading habit and makes a brilliant weed-suppressing ground cover. It is also useful for edging borders and odd shoots can be cut for the vase to fragrance your home.

HOW MUCH? pounds 7.95 at Gardening Express, pounds 7.95 (08000 336161, www.gardeningexpress.co.uk)

CLEMATIS

ADD fragrance to your doorstep by surrounding it with a natural air freshener such as Clematis cirrhosa balearica. The best variety of this late winter clematis is lemon-scented Freckles that produces lovely cream bells speckled inside with red and maroon. The evergreen ferny foliage also takes on bronzy tints in winter.

GOOD IDEA: Trap the scent so that it lingers for longer by planting it on a sheltered, sunny wall. It also needs well-drained soil to thrive and to keep growth under control. It is best to give it a light pruning after flowering.

HOW MUCH? pounds 12 from Thorncroft Clematis Nursery (01953 850407, www.thorncroft.co.uk).

WINTERSWEET

GIVEN the backdrop of a warm sunny wall, Wintersweet, which is a notoriously slow shrub, will soon reward with its spicy violet-like scent that is released from waxy yellow bells that hang from the bare branches from December to February. It succeeds in any well-drained soil and is excellent on chalk.

GOOD IDEA: The variety Grandiflorus has the largest flowers, which can be smelt from up to 50 yards away! The blooms can also be used to flavour and scent tea or added to pot pourri. …

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