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Chimonanthus praecox – Wintersweet

The beauty of Chimonanthus praecox – Wintersweet. This plant is often overlooked for it’s beauty in a garden. The name comes from kheimon, meaning winter, and anthos, meaning flower – because it flowers in winter. 🌺🌸🌼

A gardener once wrote “Chimonanthus praecox is indispensable and should be planted in every garden large enough to hold two plants!” It was first introduced to England from Japan in 1766, but was realised many years later that this plant is actually a native of China.

In the middle of winter, it bursts into bloom and fills the garden with its honeyed fragrance! 🤩 It is a twiggy, deciduous shrub growing to about 2-2.5m tall.

Keep it green


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