Oh no! not another white flowering shrub. Sorry, cant help it, this Daphne Eternal Fragrance is a total beauty.
Performance in our garden
Well, we had this shrub for a few years, planted in a pot in our Aberdeen garden. I would move it to the shelter of the covered patio for the Winter. Whether it really needed this bit of cosseting, I am not sure. It always looked healthy and showed no ill effects of harsh Winters.
In Cheshire we have planted it in our front garden, placed in a curved bed with other white flowering shrubs. We have two of the white flower carpet rose, a Spiraea Arguta and the Osmanthus that I was banging on about in my last post.
This Daphne was removed from the pot and planted in the border whilst the flowers were starting to open in late March.
It has performed way beyond my expectations, simply smothered in white blooms which happen to be at least twice the size I have seen them in previous years, and the fragrance on a relatively warm day is delicious.
To give it its full title Daphne x Transatlantica Eternal Fragrance is often described as being semi evergreen. However, the fact that it truly did not lose its leaves in our Aberdeen garden makes me wonder if its hardier than suggested.
This Daphne is one of those neat shrubs which is not likely to outgrow its situation.
It grows to a height of 70cm/28inches. The small evergreen leaves are smothered in smallish but not inconspicuous white scented blooms which are pink before opening up.
The majority of flowering shrubs, either give a Spring or Summer display for two or three weeks at most, Daphne x Transatlantica Eternal Fragrance usually starts to bloom in early April and after a rest in late Spring will re-bloom in July often continuing into early Autumn.
Position and soil type
Plant in full sun or partial shade, not too fussy about soil type as long as it is reasonably fertile and free draining.
*** Eternal fragrance ***
Simply take out any dead or wayward stems as necessary. I haven’t found the need to touch it in the past three years.
Lets finish off with a picture of the Apple tree in our back garden. Not more white!. Ah well I think the fruits in late Summer will be red
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