Choisya Ternata Mexican Orange Blossom
Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: fast-growing
Flowering period: April to May and August to September
Hardiness: fully hardy
Choisya ternata is a hardy, aromatic shrub with dense swift growth. By itself it naturally forms an attractive mound and it will happily grow into a decent hedge. The white flowers begin to emerge in mid-Spring and their honeyed orange aroma is a real joy. The evergreen leaves are bright and glossy - they also give off a pleasant basil like smell when you clip them. Used as a hedge, Choisya Ternata's fragrance will infuse a small garden and it is ideal to plant around a seated area. They are resistant to most British plant diseases and pests, including Honey Fungus. They can handle a bit of shade as long as the soil is rich and well drained.
Once Mexican Orange Blossoms are settled in and flowering away they can be coaxed into blooming again towards the end of the Summer. Deadhead flowers as soon as they drop their petals and select a third to a half of the flowering stems to cut back. Trim them by approximately 25cms/11 inches once the flowers have faded. Your local bees (the Blue Orchard bee in particular) will thank you for increasing the amount of Autumn flowers.
This is a strong plant approx 40 cms tall in a 3 litre container.