The winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) is a relatively common sight in British gardens today, but it was all the rage when it was first introduced from China during the golden age of plant hunting. Brave botanists traversed the globe for the next exciting plant introduction and faced everything from rampant llamas to bloodthirsty locals to bring these gems back to the UK.
Today, almost 200 years later, the scent of its flowers teases passers-by with a heady, sweet fragrance in an otherwise frost-white garden. The scent comes and goes before you know what hit you and leaves you searching for its source. Your nose may finally identify a shrub with a spreading habit, that carries cream-white flowers on nearly leafless, stiff branches.
This shrub is amongst my personal favourites and I cannot recommend it enough.