Philadelphus or Mock Orange are fragrant flowering deciduous shrubs that are members of the Hydrangeaceae family. They are native to North and Central America, Asia and parts of Europe.
What is a Philadelphus?
Philadelphus are hardy shrubs ranging in size from around 1m to over 2.5m tall. These popular plants are grown for their largely white richly scented flowers in early summer. Some forms have ornate double flowers.
Where to plant Philadelphus?
Philadelphus like full sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil. Smaller forms suit patio pots while larger ones are best planted in garden borders, perhaps as feature plants or for scented flowering hedging and screening. Try to plant where the superb fragrance will be appreciated.
How to care for a Philadelphus?
Philadelphus are easy plants to care for. Water young or pot grown plants in dry spells. Philadelphus should be pruned after flowering removing about one third of the growth and any very old or dead wood.