What is that wonderful smell? It's from an otherwise unremarkable evergreen shrub, Sarcococca confusa. Also known as Christmas Box, it is having it's 'moment' flowering in my garden now. I brought several twigs into the house and the fragrance is fantastic.
The plant is evergreen and shade tolerant. It makes a near shape, and is perfectly happy to be pruned. I remove about 1/3 of the length of each shoot after flowering, which also keeps the shrub nice and bushy. It can be used as a low hedge, and doesn't appear to have any particular problems with pests or disease. Without pruning it will reach a height of 1.5m, with a similar spread. I have several planted along a shaded wall in my front garden, but you could also plant some near a path or doorway and enjoy the fragrance as you pass by. There should be plenty available at garden centres now. Add some well-rotted compost or soil conditioner to the planting hole, and keep well-watered until fully established. It is such a 'background' plant that you could easily forget about it until next February when you ask ''What is that lovely smell?''