This fantastic new Daphne originated from a private breeder in New Zealand and has just won the 'Plant of the Year' award in Australia but is perfectly suited for British gardens too! Arguably the best Daphne yet, it’s both earlier and longer flowering than other varieties and the blossom makes this Daphne extra special.
Large, fragrant flowers open from dark pink buds into large clusters growing up to 5cm across- as much as four times the size of a regular Daphne - a 3-year-old plant can have as many as 10 clusters along each stem. Aside from the size of its blooms, the mesmerising fragrance ‘Perfume Princess’ produces really sets this plant apart - it's undoubtedly the sweetest, most divinely scented of all Daphnes.
‘Perfume Princess’ is also a very easy Daphne to grow. Slow growing and compact, it thrives in a wide range of conditions and is even happy in full sun - making it ideal for novice gardeners and the more experienced alike. Evergreen, the lustrous, dark green leaves add structure and form to your borders, and even when not in flower, it’s still a great choice for a large container where space is limited.
Wherever you grow it, make sure that it’s in a place where you can fully enjoy the perfumed fragrance that will fill the air when the plant is in bloom.
Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot.
Plants will thrive in a sunny or part-shaded location with well drained soil. They don't like dry roots, so water regularly and deeply.
Daphne will establish best if planted in the spring when the soil is warm - March/April and Sept/Oct.
Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball. Sprinkle in a handful of blood, fish and bone and work into the ground.
If your soil is heavy add plenty of well rotted compost to the area and dig it in well. Horticultural sand/grit added to the mix is also beneficial.
Place the plant into the hole, back-filling so that it is at the same depth as was in the pot. Fill around the root ball and firm the soil down gently but firmly. Water well.
Grated plants should be planted with the join a couple of centimetres below the soil level.
Where necessary after flowering, lightly trim to remove misplaced branches and maintain a compact habit, otherwise a qucik clear-up of fallen leaves will suffice.