Guest blog by Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainabililty Manager at Seattle Children’s 

Look for plants that will bring surprises to your garden –like a “Peanut Butter Bush,” or Clerodendrum trichotomum. 

Shut your eyes, rub the soft, green leaves between your fingers and enjoy the rich, creamy scent of peanut butter! The surprisingly realistic fragrance is a joyful surprise for some, while others can’t even smell it. 

This specimen also has fun stages, as the small flower buds (in late summer) turn from pink to ivory. It then produces steel blue berries. It’s a shrub that always makes me smile.

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