Western Morning News (Saturday)

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Winter Sweet

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THERE aren’t many shrubs in flower right now, but winterswee­t (Chimonanth­us praecox) is one of the best. An uncommon deciduous shrub that flowers from December to March, it has pale yellow flowers with a rich, spicy scent.

It’s happy in any reasonable garden soil but it prefers a sunny situation – and since it can reach eight feet in each direction, the best way to grow it in a small garden is trained flat against a wall.

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