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Looking For The Best Daphne: Eternal Fragrance Daphne

Looking For The Best Daphne: Eternal Fragrance Daphne

Daphne Eternal FragranceDaphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’, common name is Eternal Fragrance Daphne, is popular as a result of the intensely fragrant white flowers that appear in spring, and because it is the longest blooming of the Daphne’s.

Eternal fragrance, is a rounded, open-branched shrub with irregular and sporadic continued bloom occurring on new growth from summer into fall on branches clad with semi-glossy, narrow, elliptic, dark green leaves (up to 2 inches in length). This daphne typically grows in a mound to 2 to 3 feet tall and just as wide. Foliage is semi-evergreen in Hardiness Zones down to Zone 7.

How To Make Your Eternal Fragrance Daphne Thrive

Best results are in moist, rich, sandy-humusy, well drained soils with a neutral pH in part shade.  You will find that good soil drainage is essential for success. You might consider raised plantings in areas of heavy clay soils to insure good drainage, and locations protected from cold winter winds. A good winter root mulch is advisable for a good success rate. You should not allow soils to dry out though established plants have some drought tolerance.  Dry soils will reduce summer bloom. As a general rules daphnes are often slow to establish and are best left undisturbed once planted.

General Eternal Fragrance Daphne Information

Pests & Diseases

Daphnes can suffer significant winter injury in severe winters, particularly if planted in locations exposed to cold winter winds and full sun. Plants weakened by winter injury are more susceptible to disease problems. Potential problems diseases can include: botrytis, leaf spots, canker, twig blight, crown rot and virus. Potential insect pests include: aphids, mealy bugs and scale.

Daphne’s can be temperamental, and will sometimes die very quickly for no explainable reason.  Having said this, they are well worth the effort.

Propagation

Daphne cuttings are easy to propagate and will root within one to three months. Take a semi-hardwood cutting from a healthy daphne plant during mid-July to September. You should look for reasonably firm wood and full size leaves on the current season’s growth, this is easiest to identify just after a growth spurt. Cut terminal stems (tops of the stem) into segments of 4 to 6 inches

Garden Uses

This is a small, rounded shrub, that is a perfect choice for rock gardens, or other smaller gardens. It is quite effective as an edging plant, or small hedge.  It is also effective in border foregrounds, and foundation plantings.  It is a must to plant it near doors, decks, along walkways, or patios to fully enjoy the intensely fragrant flowers.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Thymelaeceae
  • Foliage Type: Semi-evergreen (they are reliably evergreen in my Zone 8 garden)
  • Height: 2 to 4 feet.
  • Width: 3 to 5 feet .
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 6 to 8
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Fall
  • Flower Color: White to cream
  • Light Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Special Features: Flowers in 3 seasons, exceptional fragrance

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3 Comments

  1. That looks lovely, and you have to appreciate a plant that flowers in three seasons.
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  2. It took quite a while, but wow is it worth it. I have three in my garden that are now four years old. The flowers are beautiful and they are so fragrant…

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