Why do you want this fragrant plant in your garden

Every year when May comes, I am sure it is time to get rid of my lemon verbena. Beginning with a four-inch pot 20 years ago, it is now over six feet tall and wide. I am grateful for all the fragrant leaves she has given me but think it is time to cut it down and turn it into rot. This idea is repeated every year, as lemon verbena is the last plant to be released in the spring. Fortunately, I was one of the slowest to “cut the shovel” of anything in my garden and this year I again refused to do so with Lemon Varbena. Here, in mid-May, the trunk is again covered with beautiful green leaves and the thin white flowers begin to sprout.

Lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora) is one of those plants that is hard to imagine. The leaves have a stronger lemon flavor than any other plant. You can use it to make tea or to bake cakes or icing on your cake. The plant does not need water and it is best to wash it once a week during the summer. It was customary for explorers from South America, Spain, and Portugal to come to Europe to put on scented blankets to cool the summer. From now on, until the winter leaves are gone, every time a guest leaves my house, I offer a few twigs of lemon verbena as a gift. We are never sad.

The other is the fragrant foliage in my garden, the Calycanthus occidentalis, which has been in bloom for at least two decades. This California native shows unusual, tent-shaped flowers in the garden that look like nothing at home under the sea. My root is growing under a bottle brush (Callistemon citrinus), the bright red flowers of the year are mixed with the rosette-grape shrubs. Spicy shrubs are also known as strawberry shrubs, which bloom occasionally between April and August, and, according to some, combine the scents of pineapple, strawberry and banana. Spice shrubs can withstand any type of soil. It grows on flowing banks and is generally said to require a moderate amount of water, although mine, which I live in a certain shade, does not need more water than lemon verbena.

For many Natives of California and other Mediterranean climates, fragrances and volatile oils have two purposes. First, they increase sap viscosity and reduce water loss on leaves that need to be tolerated during long periods of drought. Second, they cause the plants to burn more easily, which is an important factor in their life cycle because they need to be heated to germinate. In addition to the viscous oils found in California leaves, California uses three other methods to reduce heat stress and water loss. Small leaves have little room for waste (e.g. ceanothus); From gray to white leaf, from the leaf to the sun (e.g. California white sage) [Salvia apiana]Desert Marigold [Baileya multiradiata]And species of Armedia).

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