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Philadelphus coronarius 'Variegatus' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Cream and Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

variegated mock orange

Family

Hydrangeaceae


Philadelphus are deciduous shrubs with simple, opposite leaves and bowl-shaped, usually fragrant flowers which may be solitary or in small panicles or racemes in summer

'Variegatus' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with ovate leaves broadly margined cream. Flowers 2.5cm in width, creamy-white, very strongly scented, opening in early summer

Synonym(s)

  • Philadelphus coronarius 'Bowles's Variety'
  • Philadelphus coronarius 'E A Bowles'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows well in a woodland setting in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

Powdery mildews may be a problem