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Daphne thread--is there one already?

Cambridgerose12Cambridgerose12 Posts: 1,048
edited February 2021 in Plants
I would love to know about other members' favourite (or most successful) Daphnes. Where I garden on alkaline soil, the non-calcifuge forms do quite well, so I'm branching out currently.

I'll start the ball rolling with something a bit unexpected: Daphne laureola subsp. phillipi. I only bought this because it was claimed to tolerate dry shade under trees. Descriptions and photos suggested a leathery, squat little plant with olive green leaves. I've had mine for four years now, and it's one of my big pleasures each spring--it has acid lemon, tubular flowers (sadly no fragrance), and the leaves are shining, very dark holly-green. It will never outgrow its welcome. I'm constantly on the hunt for plants that really pay their way in a very small garden; this is one. It may not be the most dramatic or temperamental but it's a good thing.



  • One of the easiest to buy.....Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill...the flowers look wonderful and the scent fabulous
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,325
    Big fan of Jacqueline Postil here too.  The scent is gorgeous and travels far, and blooms for us between December and April.  We have it planted in the front garden, and I pass it every time I go anywhere - such a treat for the senses.
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063
    I was given two Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' for Christmas - my first Daphnes. I was a bit puzzled to read that they flower from April to September as I definitely think of Daphnes flowering from now, but I'm looking forward to the scent. I'm going to grow them in pots, I think. Or I might try one in the ground and one in a pot. It would be good to hear from anyone who has grown this one.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • @LG_ I have--but sad to say, mine contracted leaf spot disease so quickly that it must have been sickening before it even reached me. So I can't report much of it.

    I love Jacqueline Postill! I have a very small specimen which is only gradually finding its feet, but it's looking healthy, so I am hopeful. I recently got Daphne acutiloba 'Fragrant Cloud', so I'm looking forward to seeing how that turns out. 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,221
    edited February 2021
    Daphne mezereum alba which had golden berries.Pics 1 -4.
    Daphne mezereum rubra....Pic 5 on the bare branches in the winter/spring before the leaves.
    Fab scent.

    Very sadly in new garden we have lost 4 super young Daphne to some sort of virus/leaf disease.  Had to dig them up and burn them.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,221
    edited February 2021
    This shrub just amazed me. Stunning. Never seen a  better one.
    Yet it was growing in one of the coldest, smallest, remotest villages in the middle of north Scotland...At Crianlarich.
    Just had to stop and take a pic!
    Another Daphne mezereum rubra.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,740
    edited February 2021
    Hi @Cambridgerose12 and thanks for starting this "Daphne" thread. There is already a fairly lengthy discussion about Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’ here:

    I have grown this cultivar quite successfully for 5 years... until it died on me last year. :( I was able to rescue a tiny self-layered shoot, now waiting in its pot. From what I gather it can be a temperamental plant. I can confirm that it flowers from March to September and has a delicious fragrance. Here are some pics:
    June 2016
    June 2018 - 1.30 metres in diameter!
    July 2020 - dying
    July 2020 - Dead. Self-layered shoot potted.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,759
    I bought a D. transatlantica Eternal Fragrance fragrance last year @LG. I have it in in a pot in partial shade. It was in flower when I bought it and carried on until December. It’s in bud again already.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • @LG_ I think "Eternal Fragrance" is the one that I've got, and the fragrance is amazing! A really beautiful, intense, "warm summer evening" kind of scent. One of my favourite scents in the garden.

    Unfortunately, I unwisely transplanted it out of its garden centre pot at the beginning of summer (definitely chose the wrong time of year) to plant it in the ground; it was not happy, went into shock, and dropped all its flowers in protest at the treatment. However, I am hoping that this year, having rested and recuperated over winter, I will once again be able to enjoy the gorgeous fragrance.

    I hope you love your "Eternal Fragrance" and get as much joy from it as I do!
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063
    Thanks @Cambridgerose12 for starting this thread, and @Papi Jo for pointing me toward the other Eternal Fragrance thread :smile:
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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