Needs: Sun for best flavour. Bring your potted lemongrass plants indoors in frosty winters.
Large deciduous shrubs, wonderful to brush against, excellent for teas.
Needs: Full sun and can survive all but the most freezing climates. Needs regular pruning.
As well as the fruit, try young lemon leaves in salads, or use the branches as skewers when grilling, for added flavour.
Needs: Mild frost to sub-tropical climates, full sun to dappled shade and excellent drainage (but adequate moisture), and feeding for good fruit.
Possibly the most lemony of the lemon varieties, a small neat tree with thin-skinned fruit.
Needs: As for Lemons above.
Vigorous, minty, but with a hint of lemon. Delicious.
Needs: Moist soil, well fed, full sun or dappled shade. Grow in a pot if you’re afraid it may spread in the garden, but keep it well watered.
An attractive tree. The leaves contain high levels of citral oil and smell (and taste) of a mixture of lemons and limes. Whole leaves can be added to cooking, branches can be added as filler for vases of flowers and will fill the room with a clear lemony smell.
Needs: Can be grown in moist, well-drained soil in a wide range of climates if given some shelter and reflected warmth from walls.
If you have the space and the right position to grow this smooth- barked, elegant eucalypt, you will be rewarded by having your garden smelling deliciously of lemons.
Needs: A frost-free spot with well-drained soil and space for a tall tree.
Another strongly lemony scented shrub with masses of tiny creamy-white flowers in spring. High concentrations of oil can be distilled and used as an antiseptic and insect repellent.
Needs: Full sun to dappled shade, responds well to regular pruning and makes a gorgeous scented hedge.