Chimonanthus praecox is a delightful Winter flowering shrub often refered to as Wintersweet, named so on account of the sweet perfume that fills the garden as the suplhur yellow flowers open, each one stained and marked purple inside. The flowers appear on the bare branches from December until February bringing some well needed cheer to the winter garden, best planted close to a gate, doorway or window where the scent can be appreciated. The scented flowers are prized by flower arrangers too, not least because material is in such short supply at this time of year but also because of their beauty, each tiny flower is a perfectly formed bowl shape on close inspection.
Chimonanthus praecox is a large shrub growing to 4 metres, they may take a few years to settle and start flowering but this is an easy one to grow, any well drained soil in full sun.
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Chimonanthus praecox is an easy low maintenance shrub to grow, they appreciate a mulch in early Spring. Pruning is not normally necessary except perhaps removing the occasional crossing or diseased branch.