Philadelphus ‘Beauclerk’

The beautiful mock orange is to me the very essence of mid-summer, casting its heavy scent far into the garden. You must give the shrub generous space, for it grows about 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and wide, and in its season every branch is loaded with clusters of very large, flat, four-petalled white flowers with yellow stamens. (Most catalogues say that it is flushed with pink in the centre’, but mine is pure white.) It cries aloud to be planted with old-fashioned roses, especially the bourbons, like ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’ or ‘Gypsy Boy’, both being crimson and double.

A rival Philadelphus in my affections is the taller ‘Belle Etoile’, with cup-shaped single flowers stained with purple in the centre. The scent is equally strong, but the bush is a little ungainly in shape, and the flowers are slightly smaller.

Both varieties are hardy and extremely easy to grow in any soil in a sunny place. They are excellent for cutting, especially with roses. As soon as flowering is over, cut off the spent branches, but leave the young upright shoots which will flower next year. They are shrubs which never fail you.

Philadelphus ‘Beauclerk’ is one of the finest hybrid mock oranges, with richly scented flowers in mid-summer.

This deciduous shrub grows to about 6 feet (1.8 m) high and almost as wide.

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