Mistress of the NightSunday, October 11, 2009
Would you want a nicely shaped shrub as pretty as this one?
I snapped some photos of the above plant after spending about 5 minutes figuring out how the gardener could have trimmed and shaped this plant. Also it was interesting to see those paired pods growing from below the canopy of leaves.
Then many months later, when I was at a nursery, I passed by some shrubs which have a very nice scent. So I asked the attendant what's the name of the shrub. And he replied 'Sundal Malam', its commonly known Malay name. Actually there are several flowers/plants with nice scent that are called the same name. Then I recalled that nice-looking plant that I once saw and these are the young shrubs.
Considering the potential of turning this shrub into an eye-catching topiary, the sweet scent of the flowers and those interesting paired pods, it would be a nice plant to have in the garden. I may get one in the future.
'Sundal Malam' in Malay means mistress of the night. So guys, beware if you walking pass these flowers at night... you might be seduced ;-)