Philadelphus 'Manteau d'Hermine'
The slow-growing, dwarf philadelphus produces a multitude of twiggy branches covered in tiny, fragrant cream-white flowers
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
In June and July, the arching shoots of this deciduous shrub are smothered in deliciously fragrant, double, creamy-white flowers and mid-green leaves. On warm, summer evenings, the delicate, orange-blossom fragrance floats on the breeze. This compact, bushy, variety of the popular mock orange is perfect for a small garden of where border space is limited. An essential, low-maintenance shrub for a sunny mixed border, it 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.
Late summer is the best time to prune many midsummer-flowering shrubs to keep them vigorous and flowering well. It is also the ideal time to prune several trees that are prone to bleeding if pruned at other times, and it’s...Read full article