Plant of the Month: Euphorbia x pasteurii
With their whorls of evergreen leaves, spurges are stunning architectural plants thriving in shelter either by the house or in the dappled shade under a tree. Biggest of them all is Euphorbia x pasteurii, a hybrid of the widely grown Honey Spurge
E. mellifera. It has larger leaves and a sturdier constitution growing into a shoulder-high dome of glossy foliage. Like its parent the lime-yellow flowers put the zing into spring and have a sweet honey scent. Prune after flowering, cutting the oldest fifth of stems to the ground. As with all spurges wear long sleeves and gloves to keep the irritant sap off of your skin.