Common Name: Mexican orange blossom
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Time to take cuttings: April to July
This well-loved evergreen shrub from Mexico enjoys warm conditions. In mild gardens it will reach full size in the open, but elsewhere plants benefit if sheltered from the cold winds that can damage the foliage and restrict growth - a warm wall is ideal, or plants may be grown in containers that can be moved under cover in winter. The bushes look attractive at all times, but especially when covered with the very fragrant white blooms shorten stems by 25-30cm (10-12in) after flower to encourage a second flush in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).