One of the plus sides to global warming is being able to grow exotics in the south of England.
An evergreen from southern Africa, Melianthus is a large leafed plant that smells of peanut butter rather than honey.
Used in tropical planting schemes, the lush blue-grey foliage can become quite large when given a warm, sheltered spot. It rarely stays evergreen in our winters but can be grown as a herbaceous perennial, cutting it back before the frosts and mulching thickly.
They can survive down to -5°C (23ºF) and will regrow from the base in spring. If grown indoors, aphids and whitefly can be a problem.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Blue grey, fragrant
Moist, well drained
Sheltered, full sun
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