We've had this shrub a few years now can't remember where it came from or what it's called, It's always looked a little pale to me and I was wondering if anybody had an idea as to what it might be? then I could check if it was in the right kind of soil. Here the houses are built on old woodland so the top soil is rich 2-3 feet down and it's sand.
At present it stands a little over a meter tall with a similar spread the leaves are lime green turning slightly yellow-ish ' that's the concern' the photo taken on my phone actually shows it a little darker than it is, last year a couple of small white flowers appeared for the first time, strongly and pleasantly scented. As you can see in the photo it looks like were in for a lot more flowers this year.
It also stands in a corner of the front garden that sees little to no direct sun, shaded by the house and hedge.
I wonder if a general feed would green it up a tad ian
It's a gold leaved cultivar of Philadelphus coronaria- it's supposed to look like that! You can get regular green versions but I think theyr'e dull by comparison. Deliciously scented white flowers but prone to be attacked by blackfly.
Thank you very much aeshna5 I've only noticed one flower last year and indeed it smelled wonderful seems there's going to be more this year and as to the black fly I'm already squashing lots of them ian
Ian, you can boil up a couple of garlic bulbs in about a litre of water, (I'd recommend doing this in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid). I roughly chop the garlic and toss the whole thing in- skins and all. I put it outside to cool... even with a lid on, the scent is prone to escape.
Once it's cool, strain it into a spray bottle and blast away at the blackflies. They HATE it. Sometimes I add any herb I've got growing that pests seem to leave alone- thyme, lavender, sage. rosemary... any of the aromatic ones. It seems to work quite well against aphids as well.