Day 33: Melianthus major

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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If, like me, you’re something of an inveterate gazer, or a hopeless day-dreamer, you may find the overlapping patterns created by the sawtooth leaf margins of the honey bush, Melianthus major, sufficient to send you into a lengthy reverie. Add a few well-placed raindrops and you could be gone for hours. Technically an evergreen perennial native to the antipodes (where it grows like a weed), this medium shrub really needs a little protection over winter – a sheltered corner by a wall may be sufficient in milder years. Rub the leaves for a peanutty smell, but wash your hands afterwards, as it’s toxic.


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