Plant a Fragrant Winter Container Garden
This attractive display provides colorful winter cheer and a delicious spicy scent, which comes from the Sarcococca confusa, a neat evergreen shrub with little white blooms. While not particularly showy, they scent the air for several weeks. Flower and foliage color is provided by winter pansies (Viola), a variegated standard Euonymus, and ivy (Hedera) to soften the rim of the barrel. You could also add primroses (Primula vulgaris), which flower into spring.
Size: Approx. 24-inch diameter wooden half-barrel
Suits: Winter bedding and evergreen shrubs
Potting mix: Multipurpose with added compost
Site: Sunny, sheltered spot by a doorway
- Hedera helix ‘Glacier’
- Yellow winter pansies
- Pale yellow winter pansies
- Sarcococca confusa
- Euonymus fortunei Blondy
- Primula vulgaris ‘Double Sulphur’
Planting and Aftercare
Place crocks at the bottom of the barrel and fill three-quarters full with potting mix. Arrange the plants with the Euonymus in the middle, underplanted with the Sarcococca, the ivies over the edges of the barrel, and the pansies and primroses in between. Fill in around the plants with potting mix. Water well and keep moist. Position the container where the perfume of the Sarcococca will be enjoyed. Remove faded blooms as the season progresses, and any plain green shoots on the Euonymus. In summer, replace the bedding with summer flowers, such as busy Lizzies or begonias.