The story behind the Fragrant Showstoppers
Broom (Cytisus), lilac (Syringa), garden rose (Rosa) and Mexican orange blossom (Choisya) not only have fabulous flowers, but all bring a further experience to a garden or terrace with their remarkable fragrance. All four are woody plants that are easy to care for, and can be planted both in beds and in pots, containers and tubs. The scent and colour attract bumblebees, honeybees and butterflies, so these fragrant feature plants also liven things up a little more, and contribute to a healthy habitat in their environment.
The Fragrant Showstoppers each spread their delectable fragrance in a different part of the world. The Mexican orange blossom’s home is clear from its name whilst lilac originates from south-east Europe. The rose has spread from Asia.
• The Fragrant Showstoppers like a sunny position in nutritious well-draining soil.
• All these shrubs need regular watering in order to be able to grow, bloom and share their fragrance. Preferably do not allow the soil to dry out.
• Some plant food once a month encourages blooming.
• Dead flowers can be removed.
• The Fragrant Showstoppers can be pruned in order to keep the shape compact. Lilac and broom are pruned in June after flowering, the other two after the winter in March or April.