Gardening with Phyl Boyce

Gardening: The shrub that is full of brotherly love
Philadelphus is a shrub in full flower now. In July the branches of this hardy, deciduous shrub are weighed down with sprays of fragrant flowers that are white with a pale cerise blush at the base of each petal. The shrub is easily grown in any type of well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. An occasional mulch of leaf-mould or rotted compost is beneficial. After flowering cut back the shoots that flowered, on established plants cut back about one-quarter of the old shoots to the base to promote new replacement growth. Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ has golden yellow leaves which needs shade from the sun to prevent the leaves burning. Philadelphus coronarius ‘Variegatus’ has leaves with broad white margins. Philadelphus species vary in size, most are medium-sized shrubs that grow about 10 feet tall. Philadelphus ‘Beauclerk’ is a slightly arching shrub that grows to 8 feet tall and produces white flowers with a slight pink-flush centre.

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