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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?


03/02/2014 at 17:15

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

03/02/2014 at 17:28


 Here it is!

03/02/2014 at 17:31

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

03/02/2014 at 17:32

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

03/02/2014 at 17:33

Sarcococcas smells lovely (Winter box)

03/02/2014 at 17:34

Mine is lovely just now.

03/02/2014 at 17:46

Will it reseed from the black berries that develop?

03/02/2014 at 18:07

Is this something I can buy now?

03/02/2014 at 18:19

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

03/02/2014 at 18:20

Many thanks - got to have one of these 

03/02/2014 at 18:34

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 

04/02/2014 at 09:56

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

04/02/2014 at 11:50

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

04/02/2014 at 12:28

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 

04/02/2014 at 12:46

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

Were you staying at The Tower hotel too?

04/02/2014 at 14:00

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!!

04/02/2014 at 19:35

Definitely Sarcococca.

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

04/02/2014 at 19:36 good for shade lovers incl sarcococca.


04/02/2014 at 20:24

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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