PLANT OF THE WEEK

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PROSTANTHERA LASIANTHOS

THIS lovely shrub is known as the Vic­to­rian Christ­mas bush. If you found your­self in Aus­tralia, in the state of Vic­to­ria, it would be flow­er­ing right now. We’ll have to wait un­til our sum­mer to ad­mire this shrub, also known as the Aus­tralian mint bush. It is hardy in coastal or milder ar­eas in the UK but can be killed off by a hard frost of more than mi­nus 5C, so for full pro­tec­tion, a con­ser­va­tory would be best. In blos­som, it’s cov­ered in lots of scented white flow­ers with a pretty pur­ple and yel­low throat, and the fo­liage is aro­matic as well. Happy in a pot or con­tainer, it’ll grow to around a me­tre in height.

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