Scent-sational plants for the winter garden

Interest in the garden doesn’t have to fade away with the onset of winter. Here are a selection of plants that come to life in winter and produce some wonderful scents.

Azara microphylla

Small clusters of deep yellow, strongly vanilla scented flowers are borne from late winter to early spring on this evergreen shrub. Azaras do best in milder areas, and benefit from the shelter of a wall.

Mahonia japonica

A large evergreen shrub, with bold foliage of holly like leaves. Its upright stems are topped with spikes of fragrant lemon yellow flowers from mid winter to early spring.


Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

Sweetly scented, highly fragrant deep pink flowers are produced in late winter on this upright evergreen shrub. Is happiest in a sheltered position.


Hamamelis mollis

This plant is possibly the finest of all the species. A profusion of clusters of small yellow flowers appear in mid winter which have a strong, sweet scent.

Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’

A winter flowering, rounded, medium size deciduous shrub, with small sweetly scented cream flowers that appear in winter and early spring.

 Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’

A small evergreen shrub with blue grey leaves and clusters of scented pea like fragrant pale lemon flowers in late winter and early spring. Likes a sheltered position.

 Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

The clusters of sweetly scented pink to white flowers on this medium size deciduous shrub appear from early winter through to early spring.

In our next blog post we’ll be looking at winter colour, including a selection of images from a visit to Anglesey Abbey Gardens in Cambridgeshire.


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