Hello Lovers of All Things Fragrant!

In addition to hellebores you MUST have fragrance for the early spring garden. After all, as winter begins to wane but days are still cold and wet you deserve to be uplifted and enchanted by incredible scents.

In this installment we share with you five champions of early season fragrance that are in full blooom now at Phoenix.

Come down and experience what these plants can add to your life!

Yours in fragrance,

Gary and the Phoenicians


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Five Fragrance Champs for Early Spring
Make spring so much more with fragrance in the garden

We are pleased to share some of our favourite fragrant plants for early spring olfactory bliss. All of these plants are in bloom right now at Phoenix. We really think you should come down for some smell tests. But beware: once you discover how these amazing plants can change your life in early spring you won't be able to live without them.

Daphne mezereum - February Dapne - February daphne (D. mezereum) is an upright deciduous shrub with mid green leaves. In late winter the naked stems are festooned with intoxicatingly fragrant magenta-purple flowers later turning into red berries. This is one of the hardiest of daphnes. Plant in part sun/part shade with morning or late afternoon sun (protect it from the hottest sun of the day) in rich, well-drained soil. Do not move after planting due to sensitive roots.

Lonicera fragrantissima - Winter Honeysuckle - Lonicera fragrantissima is a very fragrant winter-flowering honeysuckle shrub best placed where you will walk past it in winter and early spring. Our large specimen at the nursery begins blooming with small, white flowers in January and continues through March. Makes a lovely cut flower for a winter vase. Underplant with hellebores and allow a few Clematis to grow up through its branches to add colour later in the season.

Clematis armandii - Evergreen Clematis - This vigorous, evergreen clematis blooms in early spring with masses of small, star-shaped, white flowers that are sweetly fragrant -- just the antidote you need after a long grey winter. The leaves are long, pointed and deep green and are lovely in winter. Tolerant of part shade. As with all clematis C. armandii appreciates it’s roots in the shade.

Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' - Evergreen Clematis - 'Apple Blossom' is a vigorous, evergreen clematis that blooms in early spring with masses of small, star-shaped, sweetly fragrant flowers that are pink in bud opening to white flowers with pink reverses. The young leaves and stems have a lovely bronze tint. The mature leaves are long, pointed and deep green. Tolerant of part shade. As with all clematis C. armandii appreciates it’s roots in the shade.

Sarcococca ruscifolia - Fragrant Sweet Box - Sarcococca ruscifolia is a tall and elegant occasionally suckering sweet box with dark green, leathery, shiny, somewhat twisted, evergreen leaves atop arching stems to 3-4 ft. tall. In late winter and early spring small, white, feathery, extremely fragrant flowers are produced along the stems followed later by dark red to black berries. Use as in informal hedge or for evergreen accents in their garden where you can enjoy the winter fragrance.


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