After giving the scent accolade to Winter Honeysuckle last month, I have a new scent hero taking the crown for flooding the garden with heady sweetness. The daphne that Husband put in the shady bed in his father's garden has been pumping out insect attractors for all its worth. It works with humans too. Pulls me to it every time I'm there.
Planted around five years ago,the daphne is around four feet high and making a useful mound at the back of the bed. Meanwhile, the hellebores have been flowering their hearts out.
I don't know if you've ever fallen for a pink hellebore, got it home and then wondered where on earth it will fit. The pale colours are easy. Dusky, pinky tones are much harder to place. Here the daphne has proved to be the perfect companion, providing a backdrop that anchors the pink naturally into the scene.