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Lemon Verbena


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Lemon Verbena has a wonderful citrusy smell and flavour.  This small shrub/tree is perfect for a courtyard or scented garden and a good candidate for bonsai.  Use the fragrant leaves to make herbal tea, or to flavour fish and chicken dishes.  

Urban Bounty Lemon Verbena plants come in a 1.5 litre pot. 

About Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora, Lemon Beebrush)?

Lemon Verbena is a tender perennial herb, native to Peru and Argentina. Its aromatic narrow green leaves and pale lavender/white blossoms are a 'must have' in scented and cottage gardens.  They look fabulous in a large patio pot too.

In the upper North Island, Lemon Verbena can be trained to grow up to 1.8 metres tall and 2.4 metres wide, or pruned to keep it compact.  This deciduous plant loses its leaves in winter, and comes away in late Spring - Summer.  

Culinary Uses - Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena leaves taste intensely of citrus, without the sourness.  It is perfect for tea making.  You can dry the leaves to store in airtight containers for use over winter.  

Lemon Verbena pairs well with chicken and fish, and adds punchy freshness to fruit salad and fruit-based desserts.  The chopped leaves make a good herb butter to accompany tender Asparagus.  

Our Lemon Verbena plants come in a 1.5 litre pot.

Growing Conditions - Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora, Lemon Beebrush)

This herb flourishes in the warmth, shelter and sun.  It prefers rich, slightly acidic but free draining soil.  Companion plant Lemon Verbena with Dill, Coriander, Basil, Marigold and Garlic.  Plant or repot in late spring, leaving 30 - 45 cm of growing space. 

Lemon Verbena doesn't do well in wind, and its roots don't tolerate heavy frost.  Move potted Lemon Verbena to a warm spot over winter, or mulch to protect the roots if planted directly in the garden.  

Lemon Verbena likes regular water when first planted, but it doesn't like 'soggy feet' and is moderately drought tolerant once established. Feed with worm or seaweed tea over spring and summer.  

Lemon Verbena can get 'leggy' if left untamed.  To encourage bushier growth, pinch out tips regularly, and trim it by one quarter after the first flush of blossoms is spent.  In spring, prune to desired shape if you are aiming to grow it into a feature tree/bush.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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