Plant of Merit: Himalayan sweet box

  • Wed Jan 11th, 2012 1:11pm
  • Life

WHAT: Hardy, fragrant and ornamental Himalayan sweet box is one of the best little shrubs for a shady spot.

WHY PLANT IT: Highly perfumed with the fragrance of vanilla, it produces white flowers in January and February when we most crave garden interest.

It’s dark, shiny green leaves and blue-black berries are more reasons why residential gardens should consider Sarcococca hookeriana humilis as the backbone of a 12 month garden.

SUN OR SHADE: Sarcococca needs full or part shade.

SIZE: Compact, it fits in spaces that are too small for many shrubs, about 3 feet wide by 2 feet tall.

SEE IT: You can find this shrub at the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens past the Conifer Garden, on the right. The arboretum is at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; www.evergreenarboretum &; 425-257-8597.

Source: Sandra Schumacher/ Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens Foundation