As soon as we step outside the back door, we are greeted with the most beautiful smell of oranges, wafting on the breeze. Philadelphus coronarius “Aureus” is performing once more.
Our bush is planted in the back garden in the shade of the woodland – this prevents the leaves burning in the sun and turning brown. It contrasts well with the rhododendron on one side and a blue conifer on the other.
Clusters of 4 petalled, very scented flowers cover the bush at this time of year and the perfume can be detected at least 100ft away, if the breeze is coming in the right direction.
When walking past the bush, the temptation to bury your nose in the flowers is so great, but for me, the perfume is so much nicer when it steals secretly round the garden and catches you unawares. As long as you have a good sense of smell ( alas, my husband hasn’t, he misses out on so much in the garden ) you really can’t ignore such a lovely shrub and we all have our favourite plants which perfume the garden. I can never have too much of a good smell , it adds another dimension to the garden, another of the senses is involved – do you agree ?