Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Plant of the month: February
As the sun’s strength gradually increases throughout early spring it triggers many winter flowering shrubs into bloom. A favourite of ours is Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ with its clusters of small, delightfully fragrant, pink-flushed white flowers which are followed by rounded, purple-black berries. This semi-evergreen shrub thrives in a sunny, sheltered position when planted into a neutral to acidic soil. Try it in a mixed or winter border or next to a path where its fragrance can be appreciated. Strongly upright in habit, it looks wonderful under-planted with a carpet of magenta or white Cyclamen coum! Daphnes are resentful of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions where possible. However, they will also perform well in containers. Tip prune young bushes to encourage more flower and a denser habit, or allow them to grow naturally into a taller open bush.