Imagine growing a lemon tree by the biggest, brightest window in your Victorian home, and harvesting the fruits to make lemonade for your guests. Once again, Meyer lemons are the choice of many indoor gardeners. Pretty in pots, the trees like full sun, potting soil that drains easily, and regular feedings with a citrus tree fertilizer. Keep them pruned to control their size. Once the nighttime temperatures stay above 50 degrees F, you can take your tree outdoors for the summer. Enjoy the fragrant blooms, but keep some bottled lemonade on hand for a while. The sweeter-than-most-lemons can take up to a year to ripen.
Millennials tend to expect instant results. The lemons on this tree are testing gardener Lauren Swanson's patience. "These take forever to turn yellow. We're keeping the instructions on the plant so we're sure we don't kill it," she says.
The garden courtyard terrace of this Point Lorna, California, villa home is made more secluded by the use of topiary, as the branches of a lemon tree frame a side entrance. Through the branches lies a pair of cushioned wicker sofas centered under a covered archway and facing a swimming pool lined with verdant shrubbery.
A cushioned wrought iron bench and folding table make for a contemplative space in the lush garden of this La Jolla, California, home. In the background a lemon tree forms a natural barrier in line with a multicolored stonework wall.
Rough stone pavers and terra cotta roof tiles add cozy ambiance to the outdoor spaces of this Mediterranean-inspired home. A potted lemon tree rests amid a collection of potted plants. A pergola-shaded patio looks onto a welcoming pool.
Guests at this transitional outdoor cabana space can stay warm by the two-sided fireplace before enjoying dinner at the Restoration Hardware dining set. Planted succulents, a lemon tree and roses enliven the texture and add to the richness of the scenery.
Why we love it: Tree peonies open extra-large blooms, and ‘High Noon’ is no exception. These sunny blossoms measure 6 to 9 inches across and exude a lemon scent. Yellow petals have red flares in the center. Plants sometimes flower a second time in late summer or fall. Light shade keeps blossom color at its best.
This spectacular rustic-modern living room, from the HGTV Dream Home 2014, features a soaring A-frame ceiling and a striking wall of windows that showcases a wide grove of pine trees. Along with a modern gray-and-yellow palette, the space riffs on traditional cabin touches like exposed wood beams, plaid upholstery, and a classic rocking chair in high-gloss lemon.