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Philadelphus 'Manteau dHermine'

Mock orange

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (42049)

Plant details

Whereas taller forms of mock orange dominate at the back of the border, low-growing varieties are a more suitable choice for small beds or front-of-border positions. Most are related to the dainty species P. microphyllus or its hybrid P. x lemoinei, to which 'Manteau d'Hermine' was once attributed. This is perhaps the most popular dwarf philadelphus, heavily scented with the typical orange-blossom fragrance. It thrives in most soils, even difficult clay and chalk, and makes a mound of foliage studded, in summer, with large double blooms. Cut back shoots to a strong bud each year after flowering. On older plants, remove roughly a quarter of the oldest branches each year to encourage new growth. To propagate, take softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn or winter. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Philadelphus

Cultivar: Manteau dHermine

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to January

Time to prune: July to August


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