Sarcococca  Sweet Box or Christmas Box 

Why these most versatile of plants are not more widely grown is a mystery? They are undemanding, disease free, good in shade, they are not soil specific and they have the most amazing vanilla scent in winter, what is not to love about these plants?

They require a moderately fertile soil, humus rich, moist but well drained, can live in deep shade but prefers partial shade, full sun is tolerated as long as the soil remains moist in summer.

With all Sarcococca lightly trim after flowering to bring the plant back to symmetry, a generous feed of slow release fertilizer will ensure healthy growth.

Sarcococca Winter Gem

This latest sweet box is definitely true to its name, a veritable winter gem, throughout the winter and into the early spring this evergreen shrub is laden with wonderfully fragrant white flowers bursting from dark red buds.  Winter gem is versatile and will grow in sun or shade and is not soil specific, it is not susceptible to disease. A great all rounder a must for the winter border.

Sarcococca hookeriana digyna

Is a species of evergreen shrub or groundcover, also known as “Himalayan Sweet Box”. Purple stems with narrow pointed leaves It is low-growing, usually between 12 and 24 inches high. It produces vanilla scented aromatic white/pink flowers throughout winter followed by black berries. Good in shade

Sarcococca Confusa

A dense rounded bushy shrub with dark evergreen leaves, clusters of very fragrant white flowers are borne through the winter followed  by black fruits.



The genus Viburnum contains about 200 evergreen and deciduous shrubs and small trees, mainly from wooded areas of northern temperate regions, but extending to Malaysia and South America. Different viburnums are grown for their flowers, fruit and foliage. Most have white flowers, some of them very fragrant, and brightly coloured fruits. Many of the deciduous viburnums such as Dentatum also provide rich autumn colour.  Every garden should have one of these really great plants

Gwenllian especially grown here as it is a lovely Welsh named variety.  It is a bushy medium-sized evergreen shrub with neat, dark green, ovate leaves and compact clusters of slightly fragrant starry white flowers opening in late winter from reddish buds.

Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’ dense clusters of fragrant, dark pink flowers are borne on bare stems from November to March, followed by pointed, dense dark green leaves. This upright, deciduous shrub is perfect for perfuming the winter garden. To fully appreciate the deliciously scented flowers plant in a moist, well-drained border close to an entrance or path in sun or partial shade.

Opulus or Guelder Rose is an upright deciduous shrub, with maple-like, palmately lobed leaves which turn pink or red in autumn and flat clusters of small white flowers surrounded by larger sterile flowers, and are followed by translucent red berries.

Anne Russell is a bushy medium-sized semi-evergreen shrub with lustrous, broadly elliptic leaves. Pink buds open to very fragrant, tubular white flowers; these are borne in rounded clusters to 8cm in diameter.

Mariesii’ is a large deciduous shrub with wide-spreading, tiered branches and prominently veined, dark green, ovate leaves, purple in autumn. Large lace cap heads of white flowers cover the whole plant in late spring giving a wonderful graceful effect. We have a specimen planted here at Glyndŵr and is well worth seeing in late spring.