The fragrance of Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ permeates the garden in summer.
The flowers open in abundance on elegant, arching branches, each measuring around 5cm across. The blooms have a decadent splash of purple at their heart.
Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ was developed in the early 1900’s and is still favoured for its strong fragrance, long flowering period and compact growth.
It makes a wonderful little shrub for borders or hedging. In summer, the deep green foliage is covered with fragrant blooms. The simple, white flowers have a decorative group of golden stamens at their heart. The blooms of Philadelphus, or Mock Orange smell sweetly of Roses with citrus notes.
Quick to establish and rewarding to grow. Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ has mid to bright green, serrated leaves that grow to around 11cm. The stems can be cut for the vase.
Plant in full sun to semi shade in moderately fertile, to humus rich, well drained soil. Water to establish and then keep moist when in active growth.
The botanical name, Philadelphus is from the Greek for brotherly love.
Late spring to summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade