First let's agree when the gardening spring starts and stops. I will go with March 1st - St David’s Day, as I am Welsh and also because that is when the meteorological calendar starts - with a finishing date of May 31st. We generally like to divide the seasons into 3 monthly periods. It may well feel like spring for the odd day in February, but as far as gardening seasons are concerned, most of us will have learned that nature has a sense of humour.
Most of the spring flowering scented shrubs mentioned in this section will fall outside the accepted mainstream spring shrubs, for generally they have little or no scent.
So, the normal selection of Forsythia and Ribes etc. - although great spring flowering shrubs - do not have enough - if any - fragrance to be included in this list.
Some spring flowering fragrant shrubs which worthy of inclusion have been left out for they are better described as winter scented – another article – though many tend to hang about into early spring.
There are also several other shrubs which could be mentioned here if I were not to do a ‘winter-scented’ version – such as Mahonias - which often last well into spring, and the Witch Hazels to mention two.
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