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Philadelphus 'Dainty Lady' (PBR)

2 litre pot £19.99
available to order from summer
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This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This pretty deciduous shrub is incredibly tough, and it also produces some of the most deliciously scented flowers. The slender stems are mainly upright, but they do become more arching in early summer when they are weighted down with an abundance of pure white blooms. It's a great feature plant for a smaller garden, but it can also be used in larger borders, where it will offer a lush green backdrop for late-flowering perennials.

  • 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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Hi, I'm planning to dig and plant a new shrub border at the end of March/beginning of April. Can you tell me please whether this philadelphus is likely to be available and suitable to plant around that time? I'm also hoping to put with it a sambucus nigra 'black tower' and diervilla rivularis. will it be ok to plant those at the beginning of April? I'm assuming that it's not a good idea to have plants sitting in their pots for too long before planting? Many thanks, Sandra


Hello there As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid or waterlogged, or freezing outside. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. This Philadelphus, Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Tower' and Diervilla rivularis 'Honeybee' are all fully hardy so you could plant earlier if you wanted depending on the weather conditions, but April is a great time to plant. The plants will be dormant now so if you bought them you can still keep them outside in the garden in a sheltered spot until you can plant, and they will be fine in their pots.

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