I am the editor for our Master Gardener group's newsletter. Each general meeting I ask for ideas of something to add to the newsletter. One idea was to share what is blooming and fragrant each month. I love this idea and am going to share what is blooming and fragrant in my garden on the first of each month with you. Our first of the "Fragrant on the First" will be a combination of my follow-up on my Edgeworthia and sharing what is fragrant in Upstate South Carolina on the first of each month.
When we moved here in July 2010, I brought a lot of plants with me. One carried from Virginia plant was a Valentine's Day gift from my husband, an Edgeworthia chrysantha. I had to figure out where to plant this shrub. In Virginia it was on the front porch, full morning sun until about noon, then in full shade of the house. I knew it could take some sun, but would like afternoon shade in this zone 7b/ 8 garden. I found a great spot. The Edgeworthia would also serve as a shade provider for some Sarcoccoca hookeriana, Sweet shrub that could benefit from more shade. The photo below was taken in March of 2011, there are a couple Edgeworthia in the garden, look like naked sticks. The one from VA is the one furthest from the camera.
You can see the VA Edgeworthia better in this photo. This was taken in January 2012. See it is full of blooms. January 2012, a year ago!
Over the next few months I had fragrant blooms. It is wonderful to stand on the deck and have the heavenly fragrance float on the breeze. The photo below was taken on February 15, 2011, full bloom for Valentine's Day. Perfect plant.
Same plants, same day, different angle. February in SC.
It continued to bloom well into March. The velvety foliage is just starting to emerge as the flowers drop. You can see I have added some ferns, a hellebore and some Bleeding Hearts under the spreading branches.
Fast forward to this winter. I wanted to share how fast these Edgeworthia have filled in. The two photos below were taken December 15th, 2012. Yesterday the blooms were just starting to open, and yes, they are fragrant.
Two shrubs, filling in and branching out, making this spot one of the most fragrant spots in my garden in January.
Think I will try my hand at propagating one of them this year, a perfect plant for a winter garden. What is fragrant in your garden in January?
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