Philadelphus maculatus 'Sweet Clare'

mock orange

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Arching branches are clothed in slender, silver-backed green leaves and carry pendent, highly-scented white flowers from early summer. Plant this deciduous shrub near an entrance or pathway, so you can get a whiff of the perfumed blooms each time you pass. It makes a fine specimen for the shrub border, or the edge of a woodland setting.

  • Garden care: Mulch around the roots in spring with a deep layer of well-rotted garden compost or manure. Prune in late summer, immediately after flowering, removing one in four of the older stems to ground level.

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4.3

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Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Fragrant (3)
  • Hardy (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

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5.0

Flowered well, looking forward to next years show!

By Wren

from Lindifled

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Pros

  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about Philadelphus maculatus 'Sweet Clare':

    Planted in a mixed perennial border, it will need space to grow, but for the moment it looks lovely surrounded by smaller perennials. Flowered well and put on good growth from spring, when planted through the summer

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    5.0

    A strong enjoyable fragrance, with a hint of bubble gum.

    By DaveH

    from Huddersfield

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • By An Entrance Or Path
      • Garden
      • Patio

      Comments about Philadelphus maculatus 'Sweet Clare':

      The fragrance reminds me of the past with it's bubble gum smell. We have it close to the path to our front door. When it's in flower it always causes comments. Living in the Pennies it needs to be tough, it's thriving. It's not a complaint but it is an observation, as a bush it is a little untidy in it's growth habits. However, a little judicious pruning maintains some semblance of order. It makes a lovely gift to someone who is just starting gardening too.

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      • Experienced

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      4.0

      A beautiful,elegant shrub.Masses of flowers

      By Marg

      from Barnes S W London

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Philadelphus maculatus 'Sweet Clare':

        This is a beautiful shrub. It needs space to show its very graceful and elegant habit. It has masses of pretty slightly scented flowers. Don't expect much show in first year but growth develops and there is no holding it in the second year. Pruning needs to be thoughtful and expert,to maintain the very attractive open but almost fragile habit.

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        3.0

        Hopeful

        By Kinger

        from Fareham, Hampshire

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about Philadelphus maculatus 'Sweet Clare':

          Hasn't really given me a good show yet but still hopefull especially as I have a different variety in my garden that is doing very well. It might be happier in a different place.

          • Your Gardening Experience:
          • Keen but clueless

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            Dear Plant doctor
            Could I grow this Philadelphus in a pot and if so, what size pot would you recommend planting it in and could I plant it straight into its final pot?
            The aspect I have in mind is south facing full sun with fairly good protection. The position is on my patio close to our doors so we can appreciate the scent.
            If you don't think this is a good idea could you recommend any alternatives?
            Thank you very much.
            Yours sincerely
            Alex
            Asked on 2/4/2013 by Hedge Hunter from Kingston upon Thames

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              A:

              Hello,

              This should do quite well in a large pot (say at least 50 x 60cm) filled with John Innes No2 compost. There is no need to pot it up gradually, although it will look a little small in the large pot initially, so you could under-plant it with some seasonal bedding. As with all plants growing in pots, it will be important to make sure it is kept well fed and watered.

              Answered on 3/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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