Growing Calendar for Philadelphus virginal- Shrub
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Philadelphus virginal, commonly called Mock Orange Blossom, is a hardy flowering shrub that bears sweetly scented flowers in mid summer. These deciduous shrubs have double pure white blooms and their orange blossom perfume often fills the garden, attracting bees and other pollinating insects. Philadelphus are superb shrubs for a boundary or in a border. They can get quite large but regular pruning keeps these shrubs neat and manageable and encourages more flowers.
Grow Philadelphus in fertile, well drained soil in a sunny or part shaded position. Philadelphus are excellent for coastal gardens and they will also tolerate city pollution.
Dig a hole large and deep enough to take the plant’s root ball.
Gently tap the plant out of its pot without disturbing the soil around the roots.
Position the plant in the hole so the plant’s crown is level with the surface and sits at the same depth as it was in the pot; make sure the roots are in direct contact with the soil.
Backfill with the excavated soil and firm in gently.
Water to settle the soil around the roots.
Watering: Water regularly in the first few weeks after planting but don’t overwater. The plants will send their roots down in search of moisture as they grow.
Feeding: Give plants a boost if necessary with a handful of granular feed hoed into the soil in spring.
Pruning: Prune Philadelphus as soon as the shrub has finished flowering. Cut flowering stems back by two thirds to ensure next year’s flowers.
On well established or congested shrubs cut out a third of the old stems every year, back to within a few inches of the ground, to encourage new stems.
Shrubs offer visual interest all year round – whether in full leaf, full bloom or with bare stems set against the winter sky.
If you want to add height to your garden and increase the vertical interest consider planting a tree in your garden. There are trees particularly suited for gardens which don’t grow out of proportion to your property or develop too thick a canopy that blocks out sunlight.
Advice on how to plant bare roots.
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