Gardening tips: plant a dwarf sweet box

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis flowers in late winter

 Dwarf sweet box packs a punch when it comes to scent. Photograph: Alamy

Plant this The spidery white flowers of dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis) might be tiny but pack a punch when it comes to scent. This compact evergreen shrub is perfect for north-facing gardens where the flowers’ perfume will waft from now until March. Height and spread 1m x 1m.

Sort this Mediterranean natives planted in containers, such as bay and olive trees, can suffer during harsh winters, especially smaller specimens. Move pots to a sheltered, sunny spot or wrap your tree in horticultural fleece for the coldest snaps; rest the pots on “feet” to prevent waterlogging.

Watch this Monty and Alan watch out: there’s an army of gardeners popping up on YouTube, offering everything from tours of their gardens to advice. One of the best is Garden Ninja, aka Lee Burkhill, a garden designer whose channel is full of tips.