• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Daphne × transatlantica Eternal Fragrance = 'Blafra' (PBR)

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
  • Synonyms Daphne × collina 'Eternal Fragrance'
    Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance'

  • Family Thymelaeaceae

  • Genus Daphne can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with small, usually very fragrant tubular, 4-lobed flowers, often followed by colourful berries

  • Details Eternal Fragrance is a compact semi-evergreen shrub with dark green leaves. It produces pink-flushed, highly fragrant flowers from April to October

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity All parts are toxic if ingested and contact with the sap may cause skin irritation

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, slightly acid to slightly alkaline, humus-rich, well-drained but not dry soil in sun or partial shade. Mulch to keep roots cool. Daphnes resent transplanting. Further daphne cultivation advice

Propagation Cultivars are grafted by whip grafting in late winter. They can be propagated by semi-ripe heel cuttings in mid- to late summer. Cultivars will not come true from seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 or pruning group 8; keep pruning to a minimum

Pests Aphids and scale insects may be troublesome

Diseases They can be prone to establishment problems, leaf browning if grown in frost pockets or exposed situations and waterlogging. They may suffer from honey fungus, Phytophthora root rot, fungal leaf spot and virus diseases. Nutrient deficiency could be a problem if grown on strongly alkaline soils

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