Philadelphus ‘Dainty Lady’

Project Description

In 1995 I crossed Philadelphus microphyllus with P. delavayi calvescens

The best seedling I named ‘Dainty Lady’. It is an idea shrub for small gardens as the intense fragrant flowers are borne on slender branches in early June.

  • A very hardy deciduous small shrub
  • Sun or partial shade
  • Growing in the poorest of chalky soil but would benefit from added compost
  • Leaves glaucous green, small to medium
  • Upright habit except in flower
  • Flowers white with purple to maroon calyx with a very fragrant scent
  • Flower stems are pendulous
  • Attractive stems in winter
  • In the garden an idea plant for a mixed shrub border, landscaping or an individual garden feature

Immediately after flowering cut the flower stems down to the ground.

Can be seen on the front drive of the Hiller Gardens, Romsey, Hampshire and is planted in a east facing border at Longstock Park Nursery.


Phil dainty Lady June 08 (2)


Philadelphus ‘Dainty Lady’ in my garden.  Attractive stems in winter.

Grower Information:





Plantipp BV

Concept Plants USA

Trade Wholesale


Seiont Nurseries



Crocus Plants

RHS Plant Finder

Binny Plants Scotland


Photo right taken by

Richard Loader
FhF Greenmedia


Project Details

  • GenusPhiladelphus
  • Speciesmicrophyllus x delavayi calvescens 1995
  • Cultivar'Dainty Lady' EU2012/2177
  • CategoryShrub
  • Height & Spread2m x 0.75 -1m/1.5m – 2.5m when in flower
  • Plant Breeders RightsPropagation for resale is illegal e from without a licence from the Agent
  • ColoursWhite