Mock orange

Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'

Mock orange - Philadelphus  'Belle Etoile'

Common Name: Mock orange
Genus: Philadelphus
Cultivar: 'Belle Etoile'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.50 m (250 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

In June and July this lovely mock orange is smothered with highly fragrant, single, cup-shaped flowers with distinctive splashes of purple at the centre. The delicious orange-blossom fragrance floats on the breeze on warm summer evenings. This compact variety produces abundant gorgeous, bridal-white flowers, set off perfectly by oval deep green leaves. This is an essential low-maintenance shrub for a sunny mixed border and it can also cope with poor soil, urban pollution and salt-laden air.

  • Garden care: Mulch around the roots in spring with a deep layer of well-rotted garden compost or manure. Prune in late summer immediately after flowering, removing one in four of the older stems to ground level.

  • Goes well with: Buddleja 'Lochinch', Choisya ternata, Stachys byzantina, Echinops ritro, Lamium maculata 'Beacon Silver', Lavandula augustifolia 'Hidcote'.


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