Thursday’s Feature: Philadelphus coronarius

A beautiful shrub is flowering in my garden right now: Philadelphus coronarius, also known as Mock-Orange, flowers in June here and is quite something…


Unfortunately this cultivar has practically no scent, unlike many other Philadelphus. So if you are planning on buying one, make sure it is fragranced. The flowers alone are, however, worthy of a spot in any garden.


This particular shrub is about 3 metres tall and about 3 metres wide. It was probably planted when this house was built, over 30 years ago. I have pruned it very cautiously a few times. This year it will need a lot of old wood removing, but even of it is not so spectacular next year it will help growth long-term.


The overhanging branches laden with flowers look lovely in the front garden as I come up our hill. Especially if there is some blue sky behind them.


Here are a few more images of it. Enjoy!

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Today I am joining Kimberley again at Cosmos and Cleome for her meme ‘Thursday’s Feature’. Please join us in featuring a plant each Thursday, so we can see what grows in other parts of the world too!


36 thoughts on “Thursday’s Feature: Philadelphus coronarius

  1. Impressive tree! Those with scent smell even in darkness. The carousel at the end looks dark at the moment and I watch flowers at night and smell the scent. 🙂

  2. I have two Philadelphus because I love the scent so much, luckily they flower at slightly different times but both in May. They can take hard pruning without a problem as long as you do it straight after flowering.

  3. Lovely floral display, but I haven’t heard of a Philadelphus without a perfume. We have two, P Belle Etoille which flowers later than P. coronarius Aureus which is out now and perfuming the garden.

    • Well, I now have two other comments about them without scent, so I am not alone! I thought maybe mine was a freak! It is a shame, but it still looks wonderful!

  4. One of my favourite plants, I have three different ones but smaller than yours. Mine have been particularly good this year, I think because we have had so much rain. Amelia

  5. We have an old Philadelphus that was being strangled by a Privet when we moved here. I cut back the Privet (I would have removed it but it’s based in the neighbor’s yard) and now it is doing a bit better. However, it also has no scent. Why would anyone grow a variety of Philadephus with no scent???

  6. I tried to grow one, a variety with an especially large blossom of striking white. But it had little scent! What was the point of hybridizing for a larger blossom with little scent? I let the deer have their way with it!

    • Lovely post Anca. I think yours is a Philadelphus virginalis. I have a small one struggling under trees here, and it has a slight perfume.

  7. I know a good prune can be a shock to the system (ours, not the plant!) but many shrubs and trees do seem to benefit, don’t they? I like your Thursday feature. Several years ago I used to post what I called Blooming Thursday, but I guess I drifted away from that on to other things. Your Philadelphus is stunning.

    • At least we have had the peonies and elderflowers to scent the garden. Although the rain has prevented us from being outdoors much anyway. I think I will start building the ark later today…. 😉

    • The bees have been out on ours too every time the rain stops – I admire their perseverance, but then it is survival for them. Hope your weather is better than ours at the moment Phil!

    • Hi Gillian. The blue sky appeared briefly between very heavy rainshowers and a thunderstorm! I rushed out with the camera at just the right moment! 😉

  8. What a beauty Cathy. Mine is a untamed monster which started life as a cutting from my parent’s garden. It has the bonus of scent. The flowers have still to open.

  9. What a spectacular plant to have in your yard. I always hated pruning my flowering shrubs and trees but getting some of the old growth out will definitely help the shrub in the long run.

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