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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Can you please tell me if I can plant a 10cm pot 'Daphne x Transatlantica Eternal Fragrance' into a raised bed outside immediately (May) or does it have to be grown indoors first?
Any advice much appreciated.
ValerieAsked on 5/5/2014 by lotrov from Perthshire
Spring is the best time to plant daphnes and this one is fully hardy, so it can be planted outside now. Hope this helps.Answered on 5/6/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
I am looking for some small shrubs for the border under my front window. It is east facing and so gets full sun most of the morning but is in shade from midday on. Will this Daphne do well there and can you recommend any other companion plants that would suit?
ThanksAsked on 3/24/2014 by itsamadhouse from Surrey
Yes this Daphne should be fine, they like full or partial sun ans can be planted in an east facing aspect. I have attached links below to some other shrubs that you could use, however the Azaleas do like an acid soil.
Rhododendron 'Gumpo White'
Weigela florida Monet
Skimmia japonica 'Nymans'
Rhododendron 'Mother's Day'
Hope this helpsAnswered on 3/26/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Hi, would they be suitable to grow in a pot ?Asked on 3/22/2014 by Ls from South Devon
Yes you can grow this in a container, but daphnes won't like drying out or being in waterlogged soil. These are deep rooted plants you will need to choose a deep container, and I would plant it in a John Innes No 3 compost along with some multipurpose compost, and some coarse sharp sand for drainage. Hope this helps
.Answered on 3/24/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Daphne × transatlantica Eternal Fragrance ('Blafra') (PBR) says that it will be available Spring 2013. Please can you be a little more specific - is this more likely to be early March or June?
ThanksAsked on 2/11/2013 by hazy-daisy from Oxfordshire
These plants are grown on a specialist nursery as they are notoriously hard to propagate. Because of this, it is difficult to be more specific with regards to their availability, but we do currently have the larger size in stock - please click on the following link to go straight to it.
I'm sorry not to be more help,Answered on 2/12/2013 by Anonymous
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
Daphnes need a tender touch and they are rarely, if ever, pruned. They also have an annoying habit of suddenly fading away in full glory, yet they are still worth growing, for the heady scent of their flowers are completely intoxicating. The earliest to fRead full article