Daphne × transatlantica Eternal Fragrance ('Blafra') (PBR)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: April to October
- Flower colour: white from pink buds
- Other features: all parts of the plant including the seed are highly toxic if ingested; contact with the sap may cause skin irritation; the flowers are followed by blackish-purple fruit
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This compact semi-evergreen daphne produces flowers on new growth, which means that the flowers keep on coming throughout spring, summer and autumn. It is a cross between D. caucasica and D. sericea, and is still quite rare. Its highly scented flowers will fill the air with their heady scent, so plant it near an entrance or pathway so you can enjoy it to the full.
- Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum since the plant is very susceptible to die-back. Where necessary after flowering lightly trim back to remove misplaced branches and maintain a compact habit.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin irritant
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Comments about Crocus DaphnextransatlanticaEternal Fragrance('Blafra') (PBR):
We have a lot of Daphne's in our garden of various types which grow well (they are a bit of an obsession). We bought this last October and planted in a boarder near our house - it really did not enjoy the cold winter and failed to thrive, such that it started to die off in the spring and despite intensive efforts to rescue was dead by the summer. In fairness Crocus refunded the price under their one year guarantee. I suspect this is a beautiful plant if it takes, but clearly needs care and attention - woudl be helpful to know what other have found works well as this is an expensive plant to fail
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Q:I have just been given (on request) a Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance' and having read the review am anxious to get it right! Should I plant it out and give it winter protection (would be a bit exposed) or overwinter in a cool greenhouse?Asked on 11/5/2013 by Brooky from North London
Daphnes do have a reputation for being temperamental, so I would not necessarily recommend them for a novice gardener and it is important to find the right spot for them. They resent being moved about and like a cool root run with freely-draining but not dry soil with a slightly alkaline to slightly acidic pH. They are however fully hardy, so I would recommend planting it outside in a sunny or partially shaded position.Answered on 11/6/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:How far apart should Daphne Transatlantica be planted
Kind Regards JohnAsked on 9/23/2013 by Johny from Telford Shropshire
I would plant them so that they have enough space to grow to their mature size which is approx 90cm x 90cm, without having to prune, shape, or move as Daphnes do not respond well to pruning, and will often suffer die-back, and dislike being moved.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 9/25/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Please advise overwintering for a newly planted Daphne would a conservatory or unheated greenhouse be best. Many thanks Joyce.Asked on 9/17/2013 by Joyce from Lytham lancashire
This Daphne is fully hardy so normally wouldn't need protection if it is planted in the garden, but from your question your Daphne must be in a container. Daphnes are not always successful in pots as they are deep rooted and they don't like getting waterlogged. If your garden is sheltered I would leave it outside and protect the pot/roots with a frost protection fleece. Also make sure there is good drainage in the pot, potted Daphes are best in a deep container with a mixture of John Innes No 3, multipurpose compost and coarse sharp sand. Hope this helpsAnswered on 9/18/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge
Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards TerryAsked on 12/31/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/5/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What evergreen shub would you recommend?
I wonder if you would be good enough to recommend some low(ish) growing, flowering, evergreen shrubs to grow in full sun for part of the day with well drained clay type soil. Kind regards. KeithAsked on 6/28/2009 by keith waters
A:Hello Keith, There are several lovely plants which spring to mind including Daphne, Hypericum, Rhododendron (the smaller cultivars) and Hebe. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What soil does my Daphne need?
Please could you tell me if the Daphne needs an acid soil?Asked on 11/3/2004 by Diane George
A:All Daphnes prefer humus-rich, well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline to slightly acid. They also like their roots to be kept cool so its a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant with leaf mould.Answered on 11/4/2004 by Crocus
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