My citrus trees are just starting to bloom in the grove. The fragrance is intoxicating, a sure sign that spring has arrived here in Zone 9b even though the calendar says “not yet.”

My gardening friends to the north won’t be able to enjoy the spectacle of an orange grove in bloom, but once spring arrives there they can come close with mock orange. And there is a new selection of this hardy shrub that might just rival that of the real thing.

First Editions® Snow White Mock Orange is a repeat blooming shrub that features stunning, two-inch, double flowers. The bloom clusters cover the plant in spring and then reappear in summer. These pure white, beautifully fragrant flowers sit atop attractive foliage. Snow White keeps its rounded shape and doesn’t get bare or twiggy.

Plant Snow White near a walkway or patio to get the most enjoyment out of its fragrance. For more information visit the Bailey Nurseries website at:

First Editions® Snow White Mock Orange
Philadelphis ‘Snowwhite Fantasy’ PP13,774
Full sun
Height: 5- to 6-feet Spread: 4- to 5-feet
Zone: 5-8