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Plant of the month March 2021

Choisya ternata AGM or Mexican Orange Blossom is an evergreen shrub which hails from Mexico and does prefer the warmest position in the garden.

Choisya ternata

The best position is in the proximity of a south facing wall or in a container that can be moved inside to provide protection in winter. The bush is very attractive when covered with scented white blossom. Light trimming after flowering will encourage a further flush of flower later in summer/ early autumn. The shrub has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Choisya will thrive in full sun or partial shade and is relatively hardy providing it has a favoured position in the garden.  It will prefer a well drained soil which can be slightly acid or alkaline, but it is worth adding plenty of well rotted garden compost prior to planting. Choisya can be trimmed to keep it in shape but can eventually reach 3m with a spread of 2m. Choisya can be planted in a shrub or mixed border or just simply as a specimen in a container.

Other cultivars to consider
Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’: Brilliant golden yellow leaves
Choisya ternata ‘Aztec Pearl’
: A more compact version of the type

See all Choisya listed in Shoot.

Choisya ternata
Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl'
Choisya ternata 'Sundance'
Choisya 'Goldfingers'
Choisya x dewitteana 'White Dazzler'
Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Gold'
Choisya x dewitteana 'Golden Gift'