Lemon Verbena description
This plant has the most amazing lemon fragrance – so strong and so fresh!
It can be used in potpourri.
It does have small lilac flowers in the summer, but they are not spectacular.
How easy is it to grow:
This plant needs to be grown in a protected area, such as a walled patio area, or grow in a pot and put it in a conservatory over the winter time.
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Also known as: Lemon Beebrush
Approximate AVAILABILITY IS IN MAY to AUGUST ONLY.
Botanical name: Aloysia citrodora
Lemon Verbena culinary uses:
Use in fruit drinks, custard, salads, jams and ice cream.
The best position in the garden:
What type of soil:
Any reasonable, well-drained soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Not very hardy. Needs a sheltered spot.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
A light leafy mulch may help to protect the plant through the winter.
It is prone to getting greenfly and whitefly, so cut off badly affected parts.
Size of plant:
Height 80 cm.
Spread 60 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 2 plants per square metre.
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