Latin name: Nerium oleander
Description: Everyone who has had a holiday in the Mediterranean or California will know this plant well, as it is often used to line the sides of roads and highways as it is exceedingly drought tolerant. It is a shrub with stiff, leathery leaves up to15cm long with a prominent midrib on the underside. The delicately scented flowers form in terminal clusters and can be white, red, pink, or yellow, single or double and bloom from late spring to early autumn. The pink form tends to be the most commonly available.
Hardiness: down to -7C with some leaf burn
Height: Up to 7m in warm climates otherwise 1.2m in our cooler climate
Position: Full sun
Soil: Exceedingly well drained soil
Water: Very drought tolerant once established
Usage: Very good shrub for the dry gardens, with the bonus of handsome, scented flowers