Position – Full sun
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – November to March
Hardiness – Fully hardy to hardy
Chimonanthus are evergreen or deciduous shrubs with modest leaves and an abundance of intensely fragrant and yellow bowl-shaped flowers. These blooms are produced in the winter months, predominantly between November-March and are preceded by cylindrical seed like capsules. Chimonanthus are best suited to a low maintenance cottage or informal garden, grown against a wall or in a border where the foliage moulds itself into a domed feature. These shrubs can grow to an approximate height of around 3m (10’) and a spread of 1.8 (6’).
Chimonanthus are versatile shrubs and are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of chalk, sand, loam or clay within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH level. These shrubs are best positioned in an area exposed to full sunlight, preferably against a sheltered wall to aid in its optimum growth and development. If you are seeking to plant your shrub against a wall or subsequent partition, the planting hole should be large enough to comfortably fit the roots, amending the area with a generous mix of organic matter.
During its first year in the ground, ensure Chimonanthus are watered regularly and that a protective layer of mulch is applied in severely cold weather conditions. After the flowering period, remove old and dead stems to retain a healthy shape and appearance. You may also wish to prune back to the base after flowering to promote continued grow for the following season.
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