Plant of the Week: Sarcococca

Plant of the Week: Sarcococca

This modest, unassuming plant has a secret weapon. Sarcococca, also known as Christmas box, is for most of the year a handsome evergreen with small, glossy leaves, low maintenance and the perfect backdrop to set off more colourful summer flowers. Then in December its tiny, almost invisible flowers open wide and release scent so glorious it'll fill the whole garden.

There are two types: the neat Sarcococca confusa, forming a dome around 1.2m tall, and S. hookeriana var. digyna with narrow, gracefully pointed leaves. Look out, too, for S. humilis, which makes a low hummock, easily trimmed into a low hedge as a substitute for disease-prone box.

Go mad for tulips

Plant tulips as generously as you can throughout the garden for brilliantly colourful drifts next spring. Pack containers with bulbs, or plant in ribbons through the garden. Choose early, mid-season and late-flowering types from the huge range available in the garden centre now for flowers from April till June.

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Bulbs in containers

It's almost as if bulbs were invented for containers: they grow happily despite the restricted environment, look fabulous and come back year after year.

Make the most of your container bulbs with our top display tips.

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