Gar­den notes:

zingy le­mon

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The prize for the rich­est le­mon scent goes to... not le­mons, but le­mon­grass oil. Le­mon­grass cul­ti­vars vary wildly when it comes to the in­ten­sity of their lemony-ness, so sniff be­fore you buy to get a truly fra­grant one for mak­ing le­mon­grass tea or ten­der stems for cook­ing.

Needs: Sun for best flavour.

Bring your pot­ted le­mon­grass plants in­doors in frosty win­ters.

LE­MON VERBENA Large de­cid­u­ous shrubs, won­der­ful to brush against, ex­cel­lent for teas.

Needs: Full sun and can sur­vive all but the most freez­ing cli­mates. Needs reg­u­lar prun­ing.

LE­MONS As well as the fruit, try young le­mon leaves in sal­ads, or use the branches as skew­ers when grilling, for added flavour.

Needs: Mild frost to sub-trop­i­cal cli­mates, full sun to dap­pled shade and ex­cel­lent drainage (but ad­e­quate mois­ture), and feed­ing for good fruit.

LE­MON­ADE TREE Pos­si­bly the most lemony of the le­mon va­ri­eties, a small neat tree with thin-skinned fruit.

Needs: As for Le­mons above.

LE­MON MINT Vig­or­ous, minty, but with a hint of le­mon. De­li­cious.

Needs: Moist soil, well fed, full sun or dap­pled shade. Grow in a pot if you’re afraid it may spread in the gar­den, but keep it well wa­tered.

LE­MON MYR­TLE (Back­hou­sia

cit­ri­odora) An at­trac­tive tree.

The leaves con­tain high lev­els of cit­ral oil and smell (and taste) of a mix­ture of le­mons and limes. Whole leaves can be added to cook­ing, branches can be added as filler for vases of flow­ers and will fill the room with a clear lemony smell.

Needs: Can be grown in moist, well-drained soil in a wide range of cli­mates if given some shel­ter and re­flected warmth from walls.


(Eu­ca­lyp­tus cit­ri­odora) If you have the space and the right po­si­tion to grow this smooth­barked, el­e­gant eu­ca­lypt, you will be re­warded by hav­ing your gar­den smelling de­li­ciously of le­mons.

Needs: A frost-free spot with welldrained soil and space for a tall tree.


(Lep­tosper­mum pe­ter­sonii) An­other strongly lemony scented shrub with masses of tiny creamy-white flow­ers in spring. High con­cen­tra­tions of oil can be dis­tilled and used as an an­ti­sep­tic and in­sect re­pel­lent.

Needs: Full sun to dap­pled shade, re­sponds well to reg­u­lar prun­ing and makes a gor­geous scented hedge.

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