AMS Landscape Design Studios, Inc.Mediterranean Landscape, Los Angeles
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Two evergreen shrubs feature heavily in iced tea blends and also happen to be highly ornamental, so you can enclose your garden to make it a private sanctuary. Lemon bushes usually grow about 6 to 8 feet tall, and slices of the fruit are iced tea necessities — you can also experiment by adding grated lemon zest (part of the peel) to your concoctions. Most lemon bushes are damaged by heavy frosts, but they can be grown in large pots and brought indoors for winter in colder climates. The ‘Improved Meyer’ lemon is hardy down to 18 degrees.The other tea shrub to consider is the actual tea plant, Camellia sinensis. It’s the source of all green, black and white teas and is a great choice as a hedge around partly shaded tea gardens. Tea Camellia shrubs can grow enormous but can be kept as low as 3 or 4 feet high with pruning. They have either white or pink flowers and are hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11.Tip: In colder climates, grow lemon trees and tea Camellia plants in pots so they can be brought indoors over winter.