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Philadelphus, mock orange

Mock orange

With its beguilingly fragrant flowers and brilliant white blossoms, the mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is a good choice for your garden.

   
 
Mock Orange

Philadelphus coronarius with pure white flowers

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Mock orange

Philadelphus virginalis

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Mock Orange 'Belle Etoile'

Philadelphus should not be missing in any garden

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No image available Mock Orange 'Little White Love'

Philadelphus coronarius 'Little White Love' is a small-growing variety that forms...

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More useful information about Philadelphus, mock orange

There is a wide variety of names: Philadelphus is also often referred also to as English dogwood. This uncomplicated shrub with its high aesthetic value belongs to the hydrangea family and can be planted in almost any soil. If you buy a mock orange, its use is versatile - it is ideal as a single ornamental shrub as well as a flowering hedge. It is also very useful in mixed hedges, for example, together with forsythia and cherry laurel. The shrub is traditionally found in many countryside gardens. The scent of the nectar-containing flowers often intensifies in the evening hours - the seduction of the senses is therefore guaranteed with this scented plant.

The European mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is native to southern Europe. When it opens its impressive blossom splendour, it starts to hum in the garden: bees, bumblebees and butterflies are magically drawn to it. These plants therefore also contribute to the preservation of these important insects. In addition to the standard varieties of these plants, you can also choose your favourite from our breeding assortment: Here there are different growth heights and flower shapes - single, semi-double or double, depending on your preference.

Mock orange from the Lubera garden shop

Find the variety that is ideal for you from the Lubera assortment:

'Belle Etoile' adorns itself in the flowering period from June to July with hibiscus-like, strongly scented flowers.

‘Little White Love' enchants you with its beautiful, double flowers and is also suitable for containers due to its dwarf shape.

Philadelphus virginalis is ideal for a larger garden; it shows loosely overhanging shoots when old and is very good as a solitary shrub on a lawn.

The ideal location

Philadelphus coronarius or mock orange is one of the most undemanding flowering shrubs, as it grows in any soil. In addition, it makes almost no demands on the location.

It grows in the sun and in partial shade. Mock orange is extremely hardy and therefore does not need any winter protection. This ornamental shrub is so robust that it can even grow as the immediate neighbour of a walnut tree, something that hardly any other plant can withstand. To allow the voluminous heart-root system to spread well, the planting hole should have twice the volume of the root ball. Due to the root system, container planting is only recommended to a limited extent.

Care

If you buy a mock orange, it will thrive on almost any garden soil that is not too sandy or too compacted. Before planting, you should mix some mature compost or horn shavings into the planting soil. In the first few years, you can fertilise this otherwise undemanding garden plant in the spring. However, Philadelphus will develop many leaves but no flowers if there is too much nitrogen. Any newly planted shrub should be watered more often. Once it has established itself well, this measure is no longer necessary. This plant requires little care overall. In ideal locations, it grows all by itself and does not require any additional fertiliser. The very good frost resistance of the mock orange builds up slowly. In the year of planting, you should apply a thick layer of mulch (fir brushwood) around the plant.

Pruning

These plants are usually quite vigorous but do not necessarily require pruning.

In a single position, the natural growth form can be maintained without cutting. However, if its size becomes too large (e.g. as a hedge), you can reach for the pruning shears and cut it back after flowering. Be careful, however, when pruning the branches all around, as this can have a negative effect on the flowering next year: Mock orange develops its flowers on the side branches, i.e. more on the fresh wood. On the other hand, if you cut older branches away from below, you will achieve a rejuvenating cut. New, younger shoots will then develop with many flowering side shoots.

Philadelphus can also be used as a hedge plant that needs regular pruning. However, this will result in fewer flowers.

Toxicity

The original forms of Philadelphus coronarius are mostly non-toxic. However, in the breeding forms, sometimes poisonous and non-toxic species have been crossed, so that in a household with children or pets, caution is always advisable, although there is usually no strong toxicity. You should therefore never use the flowers of this shrub in the kitchen!

Companion plants

It should be mentioned that black aphids, especially the black bean aphid, occasionally attack the Philadelphus coronarius heavily. However, they can be easily controlled by simple means such as spraying with a potassium soap solution. Encouraging ladybirds is also a good preventive measure. However, it should be pointed out that for this reason planting this plant alongside Euonymus europaeus and Viburnum opulus is not necessarily recommended. The black bean aphid likes to spend the winter on these shrubs and then changes to the Philadelphus coronarius in the spring, which of course strongly promotes infestation.

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