There are two varieties of Sarcococca that are commonly grown here in the Northwest: S. hookerana humilis, a low-spreader that seldom grows over 12 to 18 inches high and 3 to 5 feet wide and S. ruscifolia, a taller plant that grows about 3 feet high and wide.
Humilis fits in well as a ground cover plant, in rockeries low borders or foundation plantings. While the taller ruscifolia is a natural for entryways, containers or foundation planting.
Both should be placed where the intense fragrance of the flowers and the beauty of the foliage can be enjoyed to the fullest. The flowers, although quite small, standout above the dark glossy green leaves. Small round black fruit often forms after the plants have flowered.
Flowers generally open in January and, depending upon the weather, may still be blooming in early March. Although the flowers are rather small and insignificant to look at, their intense fragrance more than compensates.