Philadelphus…also known as Mock Orange

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Philadelphus is a wonderful addition to a garden and also to a hand-tied bouquet.


The scent of its cup-shaped flowers, which appear in June and July, is said to resemble that of orange blossom.  Hence the common name ‘mock orange’. Philadelphus is a deciduous shrub which likes to grow in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.


A popular variety is 'Belle Etoile’.  It has large, single white flowers which are tinged purple in the centre of the blooms. ‘Virginal’, ‘Manteau d’Hermine’ and ‘Snowbelle’ all have double flowers. And Philadelphus coronarius 'Variegatus' is a variety with creamy variegated leaves.

Philadelphus blossom

Philadelphus are easy-to-grow and they’re tolerant of most growing conditions.  So they’d be perfect for seaside gardens and urban areas. Care-wise, it’s best to mulch around the roots of the plant in the spring with a layer of well-rotted manure or garden compost. And prune them in late summer, immediately after flowering, removing one in four of the older stems to ground level.


Fully hardy, they suit gardens of any size, because there are quite a few varieties which come in different sizes. The small varieties would be perfect planted up in pots and the larger varieties would suit a mixed border. So if you’re looking to add scent to your garden this year, why not consider Philadelphus? P.S. In the language of flowers, Philadelphus signifies memories and resourcefulness.

(Images : Flickr : Tom Brandt/Nicholas Turland/Susan Smith/James Gaither)

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This is the last post here on the blog from the lovely Flowerona - who has been a lovely asset to our blogging team, and whose "Favourite Flowers" posts have been greatly enjoyed.