Mid January and the scented blooms of this semi-evergreen shrub fill the cold winter air with their magical fragrance.
A native of the Himalayan region, its deep reddish-mauve buds open white or flushed pink.
Several named forms have been selected over the years probably the most popular being ‘Jacqueline Postill’ raised in 1982 at Hilliers Nurseries. Other notable forms are ‘Limpsfield’ and ‘Peter Smithers’ both having pinkish flowers. A deciduous form called ‘Gurkha’ was collected high up on a ridge in Eastern Nepal so is very hardy.
Never cultivars are being introduced and one to look out for in future years is ‘Mary Rose’ with delightful deep rosy-pink flowers with a delicious scent.
A slightly shaded site on good loamy soil with moisture but good drainage is the ideal growing conditions for this must have plant.