To continue with our winter fragrance theme, let’s talk about daphne odora, or winter daphne. Often placed near doorways and walks, the jasmine-like scent of this lovely shrub wafts from Pacific Northwest gardens from late January through March.
Just when we need it most, witch hazel puts on a dazzling show for winter-weary gardeners. Depending on the species and cultivar, fragrant, strap-like, crumpled petals bloom in vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red.
While on a walk, a honeyed fragrance unexpectedly tickles my nose. Although I don’t immediately see the source, the vanilla-perfumed air is unmistakable and I know in an instant that Sarcococca is nearby.