Gardening tips: plant a dwarf sweet box
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Plant this The spidery white flowers of dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis) might be tiny but pack a punch when it comes to scent. This compact evergreen shrub is perfect for north-facing gardens where the flowers’ perfume will waft from now until March. Height and spread 1m x 1m.
Sort this Mediterranean natives planted in containers, such as bay and olive trees, can suffer during harsh winters, especially smaller specimens. Move pots to a sheltered, sunny spot or wrap your tree in horticultural fleece for the coldest snaps; rest the pots on “feet” to prevent waterlogging.