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Summer-scented evergreens

I need help. We've got a brand new bed, 24ft long, 2ft wide, SW-facing, nice and sunny and sheltered, but only accessible over the lawn.

I'm looking for some good evergreen shrubbery with summer interest (particularly scent), but that looks good the rest of the year, the idea being that it'll only be in the summer that I'll want people traipsing over the lawn to get to it to give it a sniff.

What do you reckon?


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,269

    Hi Ian. In my garden I have several evergreen shrubs that sort of overlap one another through Spring to Autumn. My favourite is one called Eucryphia glutinosa - much beloved by bees when it flowers and very fragrant. I also have an evergreen Ceanothus but to be honest I've not really smelt it. Its just another major bee magnet. I have winter flowering Sarcococca - smells lovely and a Choisya just about to burst into flower. My final evergreen for scent is a variegated Osmanthus delavayi.

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  • BobFlannigonBobFlannigon Posts: 619

    I don't think there are too many plants with great foliage all-year round, great flowers, scented and summer flowering, it feels a little moon-on-a-stick!  Could you not mix evergreens with nice foliage with separate summer flowering plants? 

    If not, maybe climbing roses or a standard rose and honeysuckle? Buddleias are good too, and can be fragrant and should bring in tonnes of butterflies.  Corkscrew willow is nice, it's not evergreen but the trunk is pretty dramatic that it creates something different in winter!


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