Monday, March 7, 2011

The Fragrance of the Mock Orange


I always look forward to the blooming of my Mock Orange each year. It fills the garden with the fragrance of orange blossoms on those warm evenings. Mock Orange or Philadelphus is a beautiful flowering shrub for the garden. The white flowers bloom in June or July and cover the plant fully in white. Flowers are single, semi double or double blossoms depending on the cultivar. This shrub is very adaptable to many soil types but does prefer a moist well drained soil. Mock Orange does benefits having a sunny location in the garden but it can do very well in a lightly shaded area. If you prune this shrub, prune after it blooms and lightly thin out the shrub of old branches at ground level by a third each year when mature. Propagation of this shrub is very easy by cuttings. Mock Oranges come in several different sizes from dwarf to 10 feet tall depending on the cultivar. Mock Oranges range from zone 2 to 9. If you plant several together they can make for a wonderful hedge or dwarf varieties can be used in a rock garden. This is a stunning plant to add to a all white garden.


If you are looking for a shrub that is colorful and fragrant, give Mock Orange a try in your garden.


Happy Gardening!




The Creative Gardener



7 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Debbie. Who could resist such beautiful white blooms and then add in the fragrance. I wish I had room for so many of the flowering shrubs. If I did this one would be on the list.

Nell Jean said...

Mine are P. inodorus, so no fragrance, but they bloom just after Dogwoods here to prolong the season of spring whites.

Divine Theatre said...

How lovely!
Thank you for the advice!

Donna said...

I loved mine and it was getting a bit big for the smaller front plot so I moved it and it did not survive..light shade and moist well-drained soil were not enough...

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love Mock Orange. I have the golden type and was just noticing that it was starting to leaf out.

Søren said...

HALLELUJAH! During this long winter I'd quite forgotten about the philadelphus that's languishing in a fully shaded corner of the garden. Obviously this is a prime candidate to be moved to where an ugly fence will this year be replaced by a mixed hedgerow of whatever plants I have available! Plenty of dappled sunlight through the leaves of a birch tree should give this plant enough light, I hope.

Anonymous said...

In Ocala there are several streets with these plants used as hedges along the outer fences of some homes and apartment communities. On a warm, breezy day, when they're blooming the aroma can be smelled from several blocks away! Tropical Paradise....:-)