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The flowers of wintersweet are renowned for their fragrance. Small waxy, light sulphur yellow blooms with brownish purple inner petals form on bare branches in late winter, and well in indoor floral arrangements. Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus' has completely yellow, slightly larger flowers without the purple inner petals. It blooms later in winter than original wintersweet, but its fragrance is not as strong. It is best grown on a warm sheltered wall in full sun.
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
Flowering period: January to February
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!
Thanks for the reviews. I am taking a chance with this as was on offer with gardeners world magazine. Have planted in clay soil on a sunny site flanked by a
Photinia red robin hedge one side and Pampas grass the other side and eleganus behind. Thought I would put at the front so I can smell the scent.
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