About this cultivar:
Daphne x transatlantica ETERNAL FRAGRANCE = 'Blafra' is a neat semi-evergreen to deciduous shrub with dark green leaves. Introduced in 2007 by Robin White of Hampshire who has also written a book on Daphne. It produces light pink buds which opens to white flowers with an intense orange anthers. The highly fragrant flowers last over a long period (Eternal?!?!) of time. It has the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM).
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Flowers: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Other features: Grows well in Ballyrobert, Scented, Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM)
- Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10°C), Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert!
- Habit: Bushy
- Foliage: Deciduous, semi evergreen
- Height: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
- Spread: 60 - 90cm (2 - 3 ft)
- Time to full growth: 5 to 10 years
- Plant type: Shrub
- Colour: Green, white
- Goes well with: -
About this genus:
Daphne (in Greek meaning "laurel") is a genus of between 50 and 95 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs in the Thyme family (Thymelaeaceae), native to Asia, Europe and north Africa. They are noted for their poisonous berries and scented flowers; few plants can offer such a sweet smell that wafts through the air in February and March.
The flowers can range in colour but most of the evergreen species have greenish flowers, while the deciduous species tend to have pink flowers. Many species flower in late winter or very early spring.
Usually they can grow anywhere that isn't a desert or pond - but err on the side of dryness; full sun or partial shade. In the garden place them is a position where you often walk by - that way you are guaranteed to take advantage of their wonderful smell!