Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.


A family of some 17 genera and 250 species of herbs, sub-shrubs and shrubs with some climbers, mainly from Asia and the Americas.  Some botanists place 7 of the genera in a separate family, Philadelphaceae, but they are combined here.  Represented in the Hortus by a number of ornamental shrubs.

Plants in this Family

  1. Philadelphus latifolius Schrad. ex DC. var. pubescens Dippel
  2. Philadelphus inodorus L.
  3. Philadelphus coronarius L.
  4. Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser. subsp. serrata (Thunb.) Makino
  5. Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunb.) Ser.
  6. Dichroa febrifuga Lour.
  7. Deutzia scabra Thunb.
  8. Deutzia gracilis Sieb. & Zucc.