Mock orange

Philadelphus 'Virginal'

Mock orange - Philadelphus  'Virginal'

Common Name: Mock orange
Genus: Philadelphus
Cultivar: 'Virginal'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.50 m (250 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Green, YellowFlowering 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 deciduous shrub is smothered with highly fragrant, double pure white flowers among dark green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. This tall vigorous variety of mock orange looks wonderful towards the back of a mixed or shrub border where on warm summer evenings the delicate orange-blossom fragrance floats on the breeze. It is a magnet for bees and can also cope with 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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