Plant of the Week: Sweet & Lo™ Sweet Box

Sweet & Lo™ Sweet Box blooming in the garden

Sweet Scent and Unique Charm

Personally, I’m a big fan of distinctive and uncommon plants, the ones you don’t see every day. I love the charm of garden classics, but unique plants really add something special to the landscape. Sweet & Lo™ Sweet Box is one of those shrubs. Between its unique flowers and its lovely fragrance, this shrub adds an element of interest to any garden it’s a part of. 

Close up of the firework like blooms of Sweet & Lo™ Sweet Box

In late winter/early spring, Sweet & Lo™ Sweet Box’s glossy dark evergreen foliage is joined by bunches of long thread-like blooms that look like firework displays bursting from the deep purple/burgundy stems. The red-tipped white flowers produce a divine jasmine-like fragrance that will captivate your senses and draw in pollinators. 

This delightful shrub has a low-growing habit at 1.5-2.5’ tall and 2-3’ wide, making it an excellent evergreen ground cover. Plant it en masse, use it in a border, or even in a woodland garden because Sweet & Lo™ Sweet Box is incredibly shade tolerant, thriving in areas that get a maximum of four hours of direct light. It has great deer resistance too! Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, this durable shrub is perfect for many gardens. 

If Sweet & Lo™ isn’t your style, but you’re space is still in need of a unique shrub to showcase your personality, check out Kristina’s “23 Unique Shrubs You Might Not Know About” blog, where she gives you some examples of shrubs that you don’t really see or hear about every day.

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