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Wintersweet is an appropriate common name, for the flowers appear all winter on mature plants, and are renowned for their fragrance, whole stems often being cut for indoor arrangements. The small waxy blooms, light sulphur yellow with brownish purple inner petals, are produced on the bare branches of older bushes and it takes a young plant a few years to settle down to flowering. It is best grown on a warm sheltered wall in full sun, behind other plants which provide later colour over once the wintersweet has finished flowering.
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Experienced
Mine is growing in heavy clay, quite claggy in winter and dry in summer. It grows and grows. It is not the most lovely thing in the garden but it's scent is incredibly powerful and superb but do grow something in front of it for summer.
My chimonanthus is growing in quite free draining soil and is so far doing well. It's in its 3rd year and seems to have established now as it's produced more flowers this year. The scent is lovely in the winter but the plant is fairly no descript for the rest of the year....a good one to grow a clematis through perhaps!
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