Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’
LEMON LAVENDER COTTON
A fizz of fragrance & gold
Fragrant golden foliage literally fizzes with colour on Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’.
Because the vividly coloured leaves light up the garden brightly, becoming lemon-yellow in sun and summer; & more chartreuse-lime in shade and cooler weather.
Pale creamy, lemon button flowers in summer team perfectly with the lime foliage colours.
Insect repelling aromatic foliage
The foliage of ‘Lemon Fizz’ is highly aromatic, giving off a fresh scent like camphor.
So it helps deter pesky insects from hovering around your vegetables, fruit trees, the BBQ, and back doors.
Though it is a pleasant, refreshing scent for us humans..
Therefore Santolina has always been a valued and useful companion plant in the kitchen garden, and traditionally dried for moth repellent sachets indoors.
Useful pot to chase the insects
Santolina is such a hardy, tough grower, it is perfect to grow in a pot – and then so handy for moving around to wherever you want to deter the buzzing insect pests. Add the neat, rounded, compact shape and you have the perfect pot specimen.
Tough hardy & very water-wise
Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ prefers Full Sun, though it also grows happily in partial shade if it is kept dry and with good drainage.
Because it thrives in hot and dry conditions; needs very minimal water; is stubbornly drought resistant; prefers sandy, rocky or poor soils; and is very frost hardy. Rich and moist soils must be avoided, or it will rapidly turn up its toes.
All make excellent qualities for seaside or low maintenance gardens, and highly recommended to mass plant for a colourful, drought tolerant ground cover. It also makes a low, informal, insect repelling, hedge that is often used in vegetable and fruit gardens. If it is good enough for Prince Charles’s garden !!
But for me – the glowing, lime-lemon coloured foliage stars amongst all the greens, and brings such light, cheer and fragrance to my garden.
– Height with flowers: 30cm. approx. Neat, compact rounded shape.
– Width: 30cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Part Shade, but must be very well drained.
– Soil: Not a bit fussy. Prefers sandy, rocky, gravel and poorer soils. Must be very well drained. Soil pH can be acid or alkaline. IVery tolerant of lime soils. Do not give generous fertilizer. Prefers to be lean and mean and also performs better.
– Fragrance: Wonderful aromatic foliage. Fresh scent of camphor.
– Frost: Very frost hardy to well below -10C.
– Growth: Neat, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub in the shape of a cushion.
– Beneficial to wildlife and an environmentally friendly companion plant: Bees make great use of the lemon button flowers to gather nectar and pollen over summer,. While at the same time reportedly repelling other unfriendly sucking insects.
– Beware: Santolina has been much used for traditional herbal medicine in village life around the Mediterranean. The flowers are also popular to make herbal tea. However ladies who are pregnant or breast feeding are advised not take any Santolina products, as it has apparently been linked to miscarriage..
– Care: Very hardy, easy low maintenance. A shear after flowering is the only annual work.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Very. They loathe the camphor taste – joy.
– Origin: Native to arid regions all around the Mediterranean Sea, including North Africa.
The name Santolina comes from ancient Greek, and was used a type of Wormwood bush found in the country of Santones in Gaul (the ancient Roman province we now know as France). .