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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    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
    Asked on 2/4/2013 by Hedge Hunter from Kingston upon Thames

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      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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