Horticultural aide memoire No. 3: Enjoy the scent of shrubs
There is no shortage of shrubs that produce scented flowers in the winter months. It makes sense to plant them near paths, gates and doorways in order to receive the benefit as we pass nearby. Among the champions is the witch hazel, Hamamelis, whose curiously spidery yellow flowers cover the bare shoots of this big shrub and perfume the surrounding air about now. Another is the winter-flowering honeysuckle, Lonicera Winter Beauty, whose little white trumpets should always call attention by the door. Perhaps at its base might flourish the low evergreen Christmas box, Sarcococca confusa, to add its sweet notes.