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Tag Archives: Philadelphus

  • Scented shrubs and climbers

    Scented plants can really enhance a summer garden, especially planted around a seating area or near patio doors at the entrance to a house.

    Philadelphus shrubs - also called 'mock orange' -have lovely scented flowers in early to mid-summer. Some varieties reach 3m in height others are more compact. Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' is a compact variety with arching stems and highly fragrant white flowers with a purple centre. They look equally good as single specimens or in mixed borders with roses and herbaceous plants. They suit most well drained soils and a sunny or partially shaded site.


    Philadelphus coronarius


    Philadelphus Belle Etoile

    Also scented and in full flower now Trachelospermum jasminoides - also called Star Jasmine - a lovely climber to place near a seating area or entrance. It has the bonus of being evergreen too.

  • June highlights

    June brings sunny days and lush foliage.

    While it is not ideal tree planting weather just now it is a great time to take a good look around at foliage shape and colour and plan for the autumn. Planting in containers can be done at any time of year and a great candidate for growing in a pot is Nandina domestica - it is evergreen, slow growing and has colourful foliage as well as flowers followed by red berries - it loves a sunny site and looks great in terracotta.

    While herbaceous plants are obvious summer stars there are also many shrubs in flower that add structure and height to a mixed border. Philadelphus is a stunning deciduous shrub with white scented flowers, there are several varieties  - Belle Etoile is compact and highly scented.

    Also coming into flower now are Hydrangeas that will bloom away happily during the summer.

    On hot sunny days ornamental vines flourish, they can be trained over pergolas and other structures and can provide shade for seating areas. They can also be grown as short or long stem 'trees' cutting the foliage back to create a 'crown'. Mature vines grown this way can look very effective in containers on paved areas.

    Happy Summer !

    Come and visit for some more ideas...

     

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