If ever a shrub could be called cute, then Boronia Crenulata would be a strong candidate. Compact, with a dense habit and aromatic evergreen foliage, it will flower its socks off for months on end, producing masses of dinky shell pink blooms that cover the plant, making it a fabulous specimen for a pot. Will take a touch of frost but best overwintered indoors. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 36 in. 1 litre decorative pot.

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Boronia Crenulata is also known as aniseed boronia on account of the scent given off when the little aromatic evergreen leaves are crushed. It’s a small shrub from south western Australia where in its native habitat it grows on sandy heathland or scrubland and lightly wooded areas. Which tells us that in cultivation it will prefer a light well drained soil, neutral or on the acid side, and will do well in a light or sunny spot but will also thrive in dappled shade. Boronia Crenulata makes for a splendid pot specimen, with its long flowering season and compact habit, so will brighten up a patio area from spring to autumn. As it is on the tender side, it can be moved indoors for the winter months (just give it somewhere in a reasonably light position) or you will need to provide protection from frost when it turns really cold.

Caring for Boronia Crenulata is undemanding. All that you need to do is give it an occasional trim to maintain a well rounded shape and to restrict it to the size you prefer. It’s not in its nature to want to take over the world, so that’s not much of a concern.

Boronia Crenulata is a compact evergreen shrub with aromatic foliage and shell pink flowers in spring and summer suitable as a patio or indoor plant.

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