suggestion for a fragrant shade plant - Knowledgebase Question

huntington beach, Ca
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Question by jforbes9
June 20, 2009
I am looking for a fragrant bush or ??? that is shade to partial sun. I have jasmine that do well, and tried lavender for the color, fragrance and smaller size, but it does not get enough sun--North side of house with patio and mature shade trees. What do you suggest? FYI: There is not enough sun to charge solar yard lights, but azaleas and even gardenias are doing well, so far.

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2009
My first choice would be dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana humilis). This modest evergreen shrub has tiny white flowers tucked between the axils of its shiny dark green leaves; you'd never notice them if it weren't for their intoxicating perfume. It's a shade-lover, perfect for the north side of the house. Other suggestions include Daphne odora (winter daphne), Itea (Sweetspire), Osmanthus heterophyllus (Holly-leaf osmanthus), and Skimmia.

Enjoy your fragrant garden!

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