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Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance'

x translantica hybrid
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It is not often that a new release plant is as good as Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance'. It has all of the desirable daphne features and not many of the bad ones.

Lets give it the correct name, Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance', D. transatlantica itself being a hybrid of D.causasica and D. sericea 'collina'. So given the parenatge, it is not surpising that this is a tough plant.

You will aslo see this plant refered to as Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance ('Blafra). Pictures right is the flower, pure white and star shaped.

With fragrance said to match Daphne Odora, and flowers either pink or white, depending on the variety, and there are two, Eternal Fragrance has a few other great traits.

Firstly it is sun hardy, its is certainly not the only sun hardy daphne, however it probably is the best one, especially for fragrance.

This is also a daphne that flowers over a long period, the main flush of flowers is said to be in spring, however it produces more flowers through summer and into autumn. The warmer the climate, the longer the flowering period, so this will differ from zone to zone.

Care

Although Daphne transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' is more sun tolerant than some other species the amount of sun will depend on the climate zone. So the hotter the sun in the peak of summer, the more shade.

One of the main tricks is to monitor summer watering, do not let the ground dry out on one hand, and do not over water on the other.

This is a more vigorous grower than some other as well, so a humus rich moist but well drained soil will help it make the most of this habit.

Pruning

You will find that pruning keeps this wonderful daphne in good shape, and two methods can be used.

Firstly you can tip prune, simply pick a few flowers each spring and this will work. You can also prune a little harder. You still need to do this in spring, immediately after the first flush of flowers, and at this time you can prune back by 2 - 6 inches.

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