Be enchanted by Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ this winter

At this time of year one of my favourite plants is Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’, an absolutely gorgeous shrub that gives me everything I dream of but don’t expect to find in the midst of winter – namely enchantingly pretty flowers with an exquisite fragrance.  This delightful shrub was raised by Hillier’s legendary plant breeder, Alan Postill and named for his wife, Jacqueline back in 1982.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ grows up to around 2m (6.5ft) tall and around 1.2m (4ft) wide. This is a delightful plant to have by a front door or frequently used path, where you’ll be able to enjoy the flowers’ perfume each time you pass.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ flowers are borne in pom-pom-like clusters of inflorescences; the outers of the individual tubular flowers are mauve-pink in colour while the centre of the blooms are coloured with soft-ivory.  This delicate combination of colours is graceful and elegant, never sickly-sweet, or brash.  The blooms produce a heady, intoxicating perfume that’s simply divine!   The flowers’ powerful fragrance soothes every fibre of my being as I breathe in its sweetness – it’s a welcome tonic of positivity!

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ does not like to be moved and resents any disturbance around its roots. Therefore if you wish to add any other plants to the Daphne’s area of the flower bed it’s best to plant these plants at the same time as your Daphne. If you’re planting annuals or bedding plants, choose another area of your garden to avoid distressing your Daphne by disturbing the soil around your plant’s roots.

There are several secrets to success with Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’.  This plant will not be happy in a windy or exposed site.  Plant in a sheltered position in a sunny or partially shaded area, in moist but well-drained soil.  If you can provide a degree of shade over the plant’s roots this will be beneficial.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ sheds its leaves in winter. The foliage turns yellow for a day or two before it falls.
I used to grow Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ in a container by my front door. In wintertime we enjoyed this Daphne’s exquisite, tantalising scent every time we went past the front door.

Take time deciding on the best permanent position you can offer Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’, as these plants hate being moved and detest any disturbance around their roots.  Plant in a border with other perpetual plantings that are planted with (or before) your Daphne.  Don’t be tempted to plant annuals or bulbs around the base of this Daphne.

A closer look at Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ flowers. These blooms have the most divine perfume, it’s sweet, powerful and so up-lifting.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ needs a warm, sheltered location, away from the wind. If your garden is windy and exposed this is not the plant for you.

Water-logged soils prove fatal for these plants.  I find ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is happiest when planted in the ground, in moist but well-drained soils; however, I grew this Daphne successfully in very free-draining, silty soil at my allotment without any supplementary watering, only thrice yearly mulches of homemade compost (applied after heavy rain).

This plant was just a tiny little thing when I bought it many years ago. My Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is planted in a container of peat-free, loam-based compost. I apply a top-dressing of Dalefoot Compost twice a year.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ needs a moist but well-drained soil. I have grown this plant in a free-draining silty, sandy soil but I took care to apply a mulch of homemade compost around the plant three times a year. I always apply mulches in late winter or early spring after heavy rain and then add additional mulches following periods of inclement weather, at regular intervals later in the year.
I adore Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ flowers. These pretty clusters of blooms have an elegant beaity and a heady perfume that is sweet and intoxicating.
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ drops its leaves in winter. Leave the fallen leaves around the plant, as they will enhance the soil.

If your soil is inclined to be water-logged, or if you have a patio garden, don’t be disheartened; in my garden, Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ has flourished in containers of loam-based peat-free compost, top-dressed with twice-yearly mulches of Dalefoot Compost.

I treasure every close encounter I have with Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’. I adore this shrub’s fragrance and beauty.

This shrub needs no pruning; in fact, trimming branches usually causes them to decline.  Please don’t make the mistake of cutting stems of Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ to bring the flowers indoors, for these blooms won’t last longer than an hour or two at most, and the shrubs deeply resent any interference.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ grows up to around 2m (6.5ft) tall and around 1.2m (4ft) wide. This is a delightful plant to have by a front door or frequently used path, where you’ll be able to enjoy the flowers’ perfume each time you pass.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is an upright shrub that grows up to around 2m (6.5ft) tall and 1.2m (4ft) wide.  This is a slow-growing plant that’s difficult to propagate, therefore it’s available in limited quantities.  If you’ve got a sheltered spot in sunshine or dappled shade that needs enlivening in winter, I recommend investing in Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’.  Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ plants are available from peat-free growers, Charleshurst Farm Nursery.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ needs a moist but well-drained soil. These plants will not survive in wet soils.

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