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The Winter Garden displays a diverse range of plants to dramatic visual and sensory effect.
The Winter Garden displays a diverse range of plants to dramatic visual and sensory effect.
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Chimonanthus praecox

This deciduous shrub is coming into flower in the Winter Garden, where its heady scent will fill the air.
Chimonathus praecox, or wintersweet, is in the shrubby family Calycanthaceae, whose members have aromatic bark. This is a vigorous Chinese shrub of little interest for much of the year, but which brings both flower and scent to the garden in winter. The waxy flowers are sulphur-yellow in colour, with a purple staining inside, and these are borne on leafless stems, and produce an intoxicating fragrance. Plants can reach 4m in height with a similar spread, so require a good space in which to grow, though it is happy in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.
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