PHILADELPHUS or MOCK ORANGE

FLOWERING SHRUB. Well-known hardy shrub often referred to, but wrongly, as syringa, which is the lilac. It prefers a sunny position and needs only good average soil, with room to spread. Best planted in autumn and thinned out after flowering to the young growth which springs from the base of the plant. Philadelphus coronarius is fragrant and profuse in flowering during June and July. The blooms are small and single. Virginal is double. Both grow to about 8 ft. with white flowers. Other kinds include Belle Etoilc, Beauclerk and Innocence.

P. microphallus only reaches 3 ft. All are increased by half-ripe cuttings about 4 in. long in July. They are best taken from the side shoots.

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