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Philadelphus Manteau d'Hermine
Philadelphus Manteau d'Hermine is a dwarf variety of Philadelphus, also known as Mock Orange, prized for its orange-scented, stunning double white blossoms and compact shape. Incredibly hardy, this ornamental shrub is a perfect plant for small gardens.
The bowl-shaped, creamy white, double flowers bloom in the summer. The citrus fragrance of the many-petaled blossoms is one of the reasons why this shrub is called Philadelphus Mock Orange and one of its many attractive qualities. A brilliant background for the dainty flowers, the opposite, oval pointed, serrate leaves are bright green throughout summer and autumn.
A versatile, deciduous shrub, Philadelphus Mock Orange prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Tolerant of most soil types, including clay and chalk, this low-maintenance plant can thrive in any garden. It doesn’t mind urban pollution, either, so it’s often found gracing front yards or patios in the city. Rather small, this cultivar is typically 50 centimetres to 1 metres high, and its ultimate spread is between 1 and 1.5 metres. The compact form of Philadelphus Manteau d'Hermine doesn’t require extensive pruning to stay in shape, so this fuss-free plant won’t have to be trimmed and pruned regularly to stay attractive.
A recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of Royal Horticultural Society, Philadelphus Manteau d'Hermine is fully hardy in all of Britain and Ireland. From coastal areas to inland, this dwarf shrub will be able to thrive in all weather conditions, and won’t be troubled by frost.
The low-growing, spreading habit of this bush makes it an ideal candidate for mixed borders. Whether as a part of a flowering hedge or a scented border, Philadelphus Mock Orange works well with tall bushes, as a front row plant. The sweet, crisp scent of this perfumed shrub is best enjoyed when planted along walkways, paths or near entryways and windows. If you have a small garden space or need a compact border, this petite cultivar of Philadelphus is a great choice.
Read our blog post on the merits of Philadelphus Mock Orange shrubs
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