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Lemon Gardens: Grow These Lemon-Scented Herbs

By Geraldine Adamich Laufer
June/July 1996
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1. Lemon basil (Ocimum basilicum 'Citriodorum')
2. Lemon cucumber (Cucumis melo, Chito Group)
Lemon dragonhead (Dracocephalum moldavica)
3. Lemon mint (or bergamot) (Monarda citriodora)

Hardy Perennials

4. Creeping lemon thyme (T. praecox cv.)
5. Golden lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus 'Aureus')
6. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
7. Lemon catnip (Nepeta cataria 'Citriodora')
8. Lemon daylily (Hemerocallis lilio-asphodelus)
9. Lemon Frost thyme (Thymus 'Lemon Frost')
10. Lemon lily (Lilium parryi)
11. Lemon mint (Mentha x piperita 'Citrata')
12. Lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus)
Lemon vine (Pereskia aculeata)
13. Lemon-scented (Thymus herba-barona 'Lemon')
Lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia)
14. Orange Balsam thyme (Thymus vulgaris 'Orange Balsam')
15. Tangerine southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum cv.)
16. Wild lemon (or mayapple) (Podophyllum peltatum)
Wild water lemon (Passiflora foetida)

*Tender Perennials

Crimson bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
17. Giant lemon (Citrus limon 'Ponderosa')
Lemon savory (Satureja biflora)
18. Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
Lemon-scented boronia (Boronia citriodora)
19. Lemon-scented geraniums (Palargonium crispum)
20. Lemon-scented geraniums (P. 'Frensham')
21. Lemon-scented geraniums (P. 'Lady Mary')
22. Lemon-scented geraniums (P. 'Mabel Grey')
23. Lemon-scented geraniums (P. 'Prince Rupert')
24. Lemon-scented gum (Eucalyptus citriodora)
Lemon-scented ironbark (E. staigeriana)
Lemon-scented myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
25. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenioides)
Lime geranium (Pelargonium x nervosum)
Orange geranium (P. x citrosum)
Silvery lemon everlasting (Helichrysum foetidum)

*These grow in large clay pots sunk to the rim in the garden and mulched. Before the onset of cold weather, I lift them and place them in a west-facing bay window or winter them over in an unheated garage under fluorescent lights.

The lemon garden on which this article is based is only a small part of the extraordinary garden that author Geri Laufer tends in Atlanta, Georgia.

Click here for the main article,  Garden Design: How to Create a Lemon Garden .

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