fragrant shrub

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Plant of the Day

Wednesday 1 March 2017

A cloud of pale pink flowers attracted attention from the large and vigorous Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’. This deciduous shrub has upright growth, spreading by producing additional stems from ground level. The clusters of scented, light pink and white flowers opening from red buds through autumn and winter to early spring. 

Jill Raggett

Jamaican Plant :: CRAPE JASMINE (Tabernaemontana divaricata “Flore Pleno”) is a beautifully shaped evergreen shrub. This ornamental shrub is fairly indistinct when not in bloom. However it creates a pretty hedge, bush or filler for your garden. It has a glossy foliage and fragrant nocturnal flowers with crimped or wavy corollas. This Flore Pleno variety has beautiful, 1.5" large double flowers which are extremely fragrant, especially at night.

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Plant of the Day

Sunday 26 February 2017

Chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet) has been cultivated in China for more than 1,000 years. It was appreciated for its fragrance, with many parts of the plant being rich in essential oils for culinary and medicinal purposes. The outer petals (tepals) are waxy, almost transparent, while the inner tepals are smaller and usually purplish. The flowers defy the cold of winter and mine (a bargain clearance at my local garden centre) has been flowering since January and is still filling the garden with fragrance. There is a cultivar, Chimonanthus praecox ‘Luteus’ (wintersweet) (lower images), which has slightly larger flowers and yellow inner tepals.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Saturday 21 May 2016

The highly scented flowers of Viburnum × carlcephalum (fragrant snowball) attract the attention of garden visitors. This large deciduous shrub has broadly oval leaves which will provide autumn colour by turning red. The large rounded trusses of pink buds open in late spring to sweetly fragrant, white flowers.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Saturday 18 April 2015

A vibrant splash of colour created by Ulex europaeus ‘Flore-Pleno’ (Double Gorse). The fragrant coconut scented double yellow flowers are borne in such quantity in the spring that they hide the prickly stems and leaves, a few flowers are present on the plant during the rest of the year. This low growing rounded shrub, around 1 m high, is suitable for a sunny location on a well drained soil and is very tolerant of coastal conditions.

Jill Raggett