for the love of lu­cu­lia

Gardening Australia - - MAILBOX -

I love this sweet-scented plant (Lu­cu­lia sp.) and can­not un­der­stand why more gar­den­ers are not aware of it. It flow­ers in June and July, and the cut flow­ers last five days in­side the house. They are quite heav­enly. I planted it about 15 years ago and it flow­ered within 1–2 years. I prune it by about a third af­ter flow­er­ing. This lovely plant first came to my at­ten­tion in a friend’s gar­den in the Sale area. She told me her mother-in-law had planted it many, many years ago. It does well there be­cause it is on the east­ern side of the house. The one in my gar­den is pro­tected by over­hang­ing trees from the na­ture strip – as you’d be aware, the plant is frost ten­der. I’ve also tried grow­ing the white va­ri­ety but it wasn’t suc­cess­ful. The per­fume of this plant is di­vine, and it lifts one’s spirit dur­ing the win­ter months. Gabrielle O’Con­nor, El­stern­wick, Vic

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