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.
The Creative Gardener