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Common name: Mock orange

In early summer, this shrub offers a bountiful backdrop to roses and pretty herbaceous plantings with its foaming white flowers and heavy scent


  • Mainly tall, sometimes arching, shrubs with richly-scented flowers in early summer
  • Although usually pure white and cup-shaped, some flowers have a maroon central blotch or are double-flowered
  • Plants have only one main spell of flowering, in early summer
  • They are deciduous, shedding their leaves in winter
  • If you have a smaller plot, there are several low arching cultivars, ideal to spill over the front of a border


Philadelphus are tolerant of most soils in full sun or light shade. However, yellow-leaved Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ may need a little protection from strong sun.


Philadelphus dislike very heavy, permanently wet soils. By avoiding poor, dry soils or deep shade, plants will be more vigorous and floriferous.

Did you know?

You can clip over Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ immediately after the flowers have faded to encourage a fresh crop of bright golden-yellow leaves – older leaves turn to green in summer.

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Planting combinations for early summer

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