Mock orange.

The mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii cvs.) won’t bloom here for a while yet but I was going through some old photo files and I came across a series I took when my hubby and I visited the Patterson Garden Arboretum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in summer 2014.  I am more than a little enamoured with mock orange so I spent considerable time gawking at them and inhaling their magnificent fragrance while in the garden, despite the fact that the mosquitoes were eating us alive.  (Insect repellent apparently doesn’t work in Saskatchewan – their mosquitoes are even more ridiculously nasty than ours in Alberta. Then again, they had just come off of weeks of rain and flooding in some areas of the province and the hatches were massive).

These are all hardy mock orange, rated for zone 3.  Do you grow mock orange in your garden?

‘Jackii’

'Jackii' Mockorange 2

‘Marjorie’

'Marjorie' Mockorange 4

‘Snow Goose’

'Snow Goose' Mockorange 2

‘Waterton’

'Waterton' Mockorange 5

23 thoughts on “Mock orange.

  1. Gorgeous! I can almost smell them. Years ago I planted a mock orange. Later I realized I had gotten the wrong one. Mine is a Mexican mock orange. Not as fragrant, but pleasant in its own way. It is evergreen here, and often has bloomed in the winter. I’ve grown to really like it because it always looks nice.

  2. I grew up in the humidity of Southwestern Ontario. One of my treasured scent memories is of awakening on a warm early summer morning and drowsily taking in the scent of the mock orange bushes just below my bedroom window. I think of those bushes quite often when I think of home.

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