lemon verbena (syn. Lippia citriodora)
- available to order from summer
- 9cm pot
This herb dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, poor, dry soil, or John Innes No2 in a pot
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection)
Slender, lemon-scented, bright green leaves clothe upright stems, while delicate clusters of pale lilac to white flowers offer late summer colour. In frost free areas lemon verbena is an ideal specimen for the front of a sunny border. Plant it next to paths and entrances where the refreshingly scented foliage, which is useful for herb tea and pot pourri, can be fully appreciated.
- Garden care: Apply a thick mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure in autumn to protect the roots. Plants cut back by frost usually regenerate from the base.