The Philadelphus plant, also known as "mock orange" because their flowers look like oranges and lemon trees, although not related to the citrus family.
Most philadelphus are deciduos, their leaves are opposite on the branch quite simple, with serrated margins measuring up to 14cms long. The white flowers are highly scented especially in the early morning or evening, they have four petals and sepals about 1-4cm wide. Flowering time early summer. It will not have time to start producing flower stems for next growing season.
When the shrub has finished flowering prune them stems back by about 1/3, new stems will grow back to provide next year’s flowers. Start pruning out one in three of all the old stems cutting right back to about 2-3 inches from the ground.
Philadelphus grow well in most well drained but moist soils.
They can grow up 2.5m in height and spread so make sure you have a large enough space to plant it when it reaches its max height and spread. Most are hardy.
INNOCENCE - A deciduous, bushy shrub, with ovate leaves tinged yellow, it has white fragrant cupped shaped flowers 3.5cm wide. Flowers early summer June - July. Likes full sun, partial shade. All well drained but needs moist soils.
BELLE ETOILE - Is a compact medium sized, deciduous shrub. With ovate green leaves and highly scented white flowers to 5cms wide, the flowers are tinged purple in the centre. Flowers early summer June - July. Likes full sun, partial sun. All well drained moist soils.
VIRGINAL- This variety has double white flowers and oval dark green leaves. It’s deciduous and fully hardy, but quite vigorous so give plenty of room for growth. Likes full sun partial shade and most moist well drained soils.
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