Bee Lunch: Sarcococca ruscifolia – Something Smells Good

While it may not be a native to the area, this small shrub fits right into our woodland gardens here in the Northwest.
This slow growing evergreen needs a shady spot and has low water requirements once established.  The late winter blooms of this plant are fairly insignificant, however the sweet fragrance those tiny flowers make leaves a lasting impression that will make you want to run out and buy one for your yard.  If there is winter sun the bees will find this one wherever you put it, however to get the most enjoyment from their scent you will ideally want to plant several near a walkway.  They also produce non-edible berries that are red or black that are often still on the plant the following season.