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Had a lovely break in London this weekend and was enchanted by the fragrance of this shrub growing near Tower Bridge.  Would love to know what it is - any ideas please?


Joanne, I can't see the picture. You can upload from your computer using the tree icon above the reply box.


 Lovely. Sarcococca. I don't know which species/cultivar

That's a Sarcococca confusa or Sweet Box, it does smell gorgeous!



Sarcococcas smells lovely (Winter box)


Mine is lovely just now.

Will it reseed from the black berries that develop?

Stacey Docherty

Yes Joanne they are at their best at the moment the scent is amazing my whole garden smells of it almost like hyacinth but more intoxicating. You can but them now from crocus but I am sure many others sell aswell

Many thanks - got to have one of these 


Hi Joanne Taylor3

We were at Tower Bridge the weekend before last - the perfume from the Sweet Box was intoxicating wasn't it?  I'd bought one at Christmas for this garden and shall be taking lots of cuttings in the future 

I believe you can buy them now. I saw one in a local garden centre on Sunday.

Cut a few to put in a vase in the house....intoxicating!!

What a lovely idea Fluffy Cloud!

KEF - yours looks amazing!

I've just phoned my local garden centre and they have just sold the last two.  I would rather buy them at a nursery or garden centre but if all fails, is Crocus a good option?

Again - thanks to all for your help and enthusiasm 



Crocus have a very good reputation - not cheap but well-grown plants packaged well. 

Were you staying at The Tower hotel too?

Thanks Dovefromabove - I'll have another look at Crocus.

We were staying at the Cavendish - our eldest son treated us for Christmas - it was very nice.  Walked for miles ... my feet have yet to recover!!

Jess is in the Garden

Definitely Sarcococca.

i have a cutting of one with precisely 5 flowers on it and it smells divine!

Paddocks plants are brilliant.  They supply sarcoccoca very economically in 2 litre pots.  Check them out......cheaper than Crocus and equally as good 

( bet you will buy more plants,when you visit this site). 

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