‘Sweet box’ or ‘Christmas Box’, is recommended by founder of the Edible Bus Stop and former Chanel model, Mak Gilchrist: "This plant has incredibly intense scent and thrives at a time of year where there is little scent in the garden. I particularly like that about it. It's a sensuous indulgence in the deep mid-winter."
Recommended RHS AGM varieties include:
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'
Sarcococca hookeriana var. hookeriana 'Ghorepani'
Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate' Woody
Those looking for companion plants to complement conifers in the garden are recommended to try:
- Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’
- Acer griseum
- Winter flowering pansies
- Cyclamen coum
In 2016-17, the newly developed HTA monthly plant promotion ‘Plant of the Moment’ will replace Plant of the Month.