Philadelphus Mock Orange – which one to choose?

The genus Philadelphus is comprised of about 65 plants. The native habitat of Philadelphus Mock Orange stretches across North America, parts of Europe, Northern Asia, and Japan. The plant’s historic nostalgia has been forever written into the lore of the American West by the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. The explorer Meriwether Lewis gathered samples of the intoxicatingly fragrant bush during the return leg of his journey through Idaho and Montana in 1806. The plants he gathered were dubbed the Philadelphus lewissi in his honour.

Philadelphus Mock Orange - Belle Etoile to buy online UK delivery
Philadelphus Mock Orange – Belle Etoile

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Blue Flowering Perennials

Our Top Choices For Blue Flowering Perennials

The colour blue is a relative rarity in horticulture. Its complementary colour combination with greens, plus elegant contrast with whites make blue flowering perennials one of the most popular choices for a single or dual colour palette for garden designers. There is something about the connection with the blue sky and the surrounding myriad of greens in foliage that make blue flowers coveted, sought after and desired. Read more Blue Flowering Perennials

Camellias in Britain – an informal history

Camellias in Britain – an informal history
Camellias in Britain – an informal history

 

Now that spring is in full flight and Camellias are in bloom all around us, it is natural to wonder how these exotic beauties first came to British shores. While in its native China and Japan, stories of the camellia plant and its use in society go back many thousands of years, the history of camellias in Britain dates back only to the 1700s. Its introduction owes much to the East India Company, as it was then known, and its many ships which brought back new discoveries and exotic treasures from far flung lands. The camellia genus originates from Eastern Asia, China and Japan mainly, where they grow wild in abundance. Read more Camellias in Britain – an informal history