Plant of the month, February – Sarcococca

Chris has worked at Kiln Farm Nursery for nearly five years.  You will find him working in the potting shed and plant area.  He was a top student when he studied for his Diploma in Horticulture at Otley.

Chris says about Sarcococca:

“Sarcococca is a very reliable shrub that will grow in any garden.  It tolerates any soil type and aspect including shade.  It can be grown on its own, in a border or even a hedge.  The main period of interest is between December and February when they have small, cream, sweetly scented flowers that really stand out on a dull winter’s day.  These are followed by black or purple berries.”

The varieties we stock at the nursery are:

Sarcococca confusa

This is an ideal shrub for growing as a specimen or in a border.  The ultimate height over ten years is 1.5-2.5 metres and spread is 1-1.5 metres

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

This is a suckering variety that is best for covering any empty space.  The ultimate height is 1-1.5 metres and spread is 1.5-2.5 metres