Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'

Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' or 'mock orange' flowers in early summer with one of the most delicious scents of the plant world, reminiscent of orange blossom. More
1 x 2 litre plant 510611-2L £18.50 Delivery late February
When in stock, please allow up to 1 week for delivery.
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Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' or 'Mock Orange' flowers in early summer with one of the most delicious scents of the plant world, reminiscent of orange blossom.

This is my favourite form, with large, single white flowers, flushed maroon at their centre.

Genus Philadelphus
Variety Belle Etoile
Type Deciduous Shrub
Common Name Mock Orange
Border Position Back, Middle
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.5m (5ft)
Spacing 1.5m (5ft)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant somewhere you can enjoy the scent. Will tolerate any reasonably fertile well-drained soil, including chalk. Incorporate plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the area before planting. Sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi into the base of the planting hole, backfill, firm in and water well. Plant at the same depth as they were planted in their pots.
Care Tips Pruning is not essential every year but will help to promote vigour and growth. Prune after flowering, removing any dead or damaged wood and cutting back to a healthy bud. You can also remove around one quarter to one third of stems back to the ground to help retain an open shape. Mulch in spring with well-rotted manure or garden compost.
Flowering June - July
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Growing and picking Lilacs

Once a garden favourite, this scented flower has fallen out of fashion but Sarah Raven has hopes for a revival.


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Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Janet

I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of growth in its first year and I had the benefit of some flowers too.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Clare

Small and strange shape, black fly came to it in hours.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lyndsey

Great quality plants, with easy to follow planting instructions

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Reviewed 14th June 2019 by Anne

Had to contact them over poor quality of one plant. A replacement was quickly sent. SRs plant are relatively expensive but up to now I thought it was worth it for the quality.however some salvias were distinctly under sized compared to those I bought locally at less than half the price. Not sure she’s keeping an eye on her supply chain .

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Gillian

Still alive, not very big, no flowers but maybe it’s too young, maybe next year???

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Reviewed 23rd September 2018 by Elizabeth

Doing fine but obviously still small at this stage.

Ideal combination

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Reviewed 15th July 2014 by Sandra Tesseyman

I have grown Philadelphus Belle Etoile for a number of years so it is a good size, growing through it I have Geranium psilostemon, which weaves itself through the shrub creating a beautiful and colourful combination, after the Philadelphus has finished flowering the geranium continues, looking good all summer against the bright green foliage.