With the naked trees of deep winter, our evergreens become so much more special. Commonly known as Mexican orange, Choisya ternata is an excellent shrub. The contrast in scent between its peppery dark green leaves and its sweet flowers (produced from spring to the beginning of autumn) is what makes this plant so special.
Choisya ternata prefers full sun and a fertile soil. You can prune it after flowering by removing about 20cm of the flowered stems.
The varieties ‘Sundance’ and ‘Gold Fingers’ have yellow evergreen leaves, which create a great effect in front of a dark background during winter.
Evergreen, scented, easy to grow… what more do you need from a plant?
Words and photograph by Martin.