June Plant of the Month: Choisya ternata

A neat, easy-to-grow, evergreen shrub with flowers that look as beautiful as they smell

Choisya ternata is in the Rutaceae family, which is the family of all citrus trees, and this is why it is often referred to as Mexican orange blossom

It has a neatly rounded and compact habit, which is quite useful in many planting combinations, as well as growing in shady and sunny situations making it a good choice for most gardens.The deep, glossy evergreen foliage is a perfect foil for the dazzling-white, scented, starry flowers that last for many weeks in early summer, often getting a repeat flowering later in the season.

Light pruning of the odd shoot helps to keep the plant shape compact, however they tolerate a harder prune in mid-late spring if necessary to reduce an oversized specimen.

"You could say that it is the perfect low maintenance shrub, looking good all year..."

At RHS Garden Harlow Carr our plant grows alongside other shrubs in a mixed shrub border in the lakeside gardens, formally known as Gardens Through Time. It was planted over ten years ago and has received very little pruning in that time but still has a nice compact habit. You could say that it is the perfect low maintenance shrub, looking good all year, flowering well and smelling great.

Buy Choisya ternata from the RHS Plant Shop

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