Using my Nicholsons’ colleagues as a source of inspiration, I have produced a short-list of shrubs which have held a special meaning to them – many recalled a strong fragrance, others the appearance of a flower’s shape or colour, which has remained dormant in the back of their minds, until rekindled in the present day.
I was fortunate to grow up on a farm, surrounded by acres of cereal crops, each field framed by a myriad of colourful wildflowers; we enjoyed the beauty around us as carefree children roaming the woods and hilltops day after day, the sun on our young faces, in a time when life seemed to move at a slower pace. However, it was my grandparents’ home in Kent that I recall most vividly; the orange blossom fragrance of two enormous Choisya ternata (pictured right) either side of an entertaining area seemed to be ever-present and would waft through the windows, to be enjoyed long into the evening. This evergreen shrub, with its dark green foliage and white star-shaped flowers in late spring, prefers a sunny position, but plant where the amazing scent can be best enjoyed. This, and the cultivar ‘White Dazzler’, with scented foliage as well as flowers, are both in stock in a 10 litre pot size.