Our office in Bournemouth overlooks a small walled garden.  I visited it the other day and was stunned by the show of wonderful honey scented flowers of  the Choisya × dewitteana ‘Aztec Pearl’.

Choisya × dewitteana ‘Aztec Pearl’ at our Bournemouth office

The leaves of ‘Aztec Pearl’ are narrower than that of the basic  form of Choisya ternata but has the same astringent  scent from the foliage, especially in strong sun.   ‘Aztec Pearl’ is more compact than Choisya ternata, growing to a maximum of around 2m.  This quality and its attractive evergreen foliage makes it a very useful shrub for mixed beds.  It is very resilient and will successfully grow in full sun or in partial shade.   Due to its vigorous growth, it, like all the common Choisya varieties can be used as hedging.

The beautiful star shaped blossoms are loved by bees

The clusters of dense white flowers bloom from early May and throughout June and in a sunny position can have a second burst of flowers in late summer.   They are great plants for attracting bees  and other pollinating insects.