Spring is in the air! Are we crazy? Yes, more than likely. But, we are out in the elements every day and this gives us a certain vantage point to sense the transition of the seasons. I was taking a stroll with our dog yesterday evening and had the realization that it was still quite light out at 5:30pm. Gone are the days of 4:30pm sunsets. The plants and trees may still be hitting their dormancy snooze button, but we can sense the waking of our landscape is inevitably soon.
If you planned well (or had us plan well) you have some late winter/early spring interest happening in your garden right now.
Sarcococca (SAR-ko-ko-ca), otherwise known as Fragrant Sweet Box, is putting on a show right now. The blooms are a dainty white, but the fragrance turns heads. This glossy evergreen plant is a shady superstar. It thrives well in shade, is deer-tolerant, and its fragrance is out of this world from late January well into February. The fruits even hold interest as they are an iridescent blueish/black color.
We will be featuring more late winter/early spring plant performers, but Sarcococca is a must for the Eugene/Springfield landscape. Place these plants near an entryway where the fragrance can remind you that spring is most certainly on its way.
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