Mexican orange blossom
Perfect for a hot, sunny mixed border or to add an exotic touch to a shady border; very effective as an informal flowering hedge also useful for city gardens as it is tolerant of pollution
- Position: full sun to partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering Period: May, often with a second flush in late summer or autumn
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Wonderfully scented, star-shaped, white flowers appear in late spring among glossy, aromatic, dark green leaves. This handsome, compact and easy-to-grow shrub is a valuable garden mainstay for a protected site in sun or part shade, although in shade it may not flower. The glossy, evergreen leaves provide an excellent backdrop for medium-sized perennials and pale-grey or purple foliage plants.
- Garden care: Prune established plants in spring immediately after flowering, removing 25-30cm (10-12in) of the flowered stems. This encourages a second flush of flowers in late-summer and autumn. At the same time, remove any frost-damaged stems to the base.
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Q:our Choisya Ternata bought from you last year has survived the shocking winter in the top end of the Dales but the leaves are all yellow now (it is not Sundance) with what shall I feed it?Asked on 4/20/2013 by Spinone Lover from Upperwharfedale - Buckden
These plants will benefit from a good general-purpose fertiliser. Some of the best include Growmore or MiracleGro. Application rates will vary depending on which one you opt for, but it is important to follow the manufacturers instructions carefully.Answered on 4/22/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Plants for a sunny bed and clay soil
Dear Sir or Madam We have been looking at various shrubs to plant into a border that gets plenty of sun all year round. The soil is clay based, which appears to dry out rapidly but it has been enriched from time to time with compost etc. Would you be able to offer any suggestions as to what we could plant? We have a few plants in the border....a palm that was planted last spring and appears to be establishing itself quite well, a holly tree that needs no attention as it's mature. Also we have 2 conifers which were planted with no real thought to be honest; although they were initially in pots on our decking,- I don't think they will grow too tall due to their variety. We would like something that will flower, but not grow too high, say, no more than 2metres or so in maturity. We are eager to get something of worth growing, as our neighbours have cut down a lot of their trees and shrubs adjacent to our fence, leaving the view somewhat sterile and unappealing. Just for the record, the opposite side of our garden is fine! Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.Asked on 3/15/2010 by peter mcintyre
A:Hello There, There are several plants that may be suitable - here are some of the best. Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Skylark http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/ceanothus-thyrsiflorus-skylark/classid.728/ Choisya ternata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/choisya-ternata-/classid.825/ Escallonia Apple Blossom http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/escallonia-apple-blossom/classid.3789/ Viburnum tinus French White http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus-french-white/classid.4484/ I hope this helps, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/16/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Balcony plants please
I have just moved into an apartment with little room, could you please recommend evergreens, if possible with fragrance and colour. Balcony size is nearly 3 by 5 metres, south facing. Most grateful YvonneAsked on 2/27/2010 by Yvonne Gowers
A:Hello Yvonne, There are many things that might be suitable - here are some of the best Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/sarcococca-confusa-/classid.4367/ Choisya ternata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/choisya-ternata-/classid.825/ Lavandula http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/ Daphne http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/daphne-odora-aureomarginata/classid.3751/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Growing plants for a wedding
Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, KateAsked on 1/8/2010 by Kate Olivia Higginbottom
A:Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, KateAnswered on 1/8/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Viburnum x carlcephalum
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.paeonia/ Euphorbia palustris
and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/8/2010 by Kate Olivia Higginbottom
Please could you advise what size your 7.5lt Choisya ternata are? Thank youAsked on 7/29/2009 by Andrew Scott
A:Hello There, These will be around 30-40cm tall, but nice and bushy.Answered on 7/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Is Choisya is OK in a pot?
Dear Crocus, I am looking for a reasonable sized plant or shrub to go in a large tub. I was thinking of Choisya ternata. Do you think that would be suitable or have you a better idea - please? I live in a sheltered, fairly sunny spot. I will be very grateful for any advice offered to me. BarbaraAsked on 7/4/2009 by Barbara Mickleburgh
A:Hello Barbara, Choisyas are one of my all time favourites and they tend to do really well in pots, so yes I think it would be a great idea. Try to get the largest pot you can find and make sure it is kept well fed and watered and I'm sure you will be very happy with it.Answered on 7/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:When is the best time to plant the border on a budget?
We are intrested in purchasing the plants suggested on 'money's tight' pre-planned border. Can you suggest when it is best to plant these plants?Asked on 2/3/2006 by sarah keeling
A:As a rule hardy plants grown in containers (such as the majority of the ones we sell), can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times to plant however are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or in spring before the temperatures start to rise. You can also plant in mid summer as long as you make sure the plants are kept well watered.Answered on 2/6/2006 by Crocus
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