Most gardeners love a deliciously fragrant lilac or colorful mophead hydrangea but it’s a bit frustrating to grow these shrubs when they don’t bloom again all year. Growers have tried to solve this issue by hybridizing shrubs so that gardeners can enjoy blooms at least twice, sometimes three times, a growing season. Here are four cultivars you wouldn’t expect to rebloom but do.
Eternal Fragrance Daphne
There’s nothing like the enchanting fragrance of a daphne in early spring. When all else is dormant, these low evergreen shrubs with their whitish pink flowers come alive, casting a sweet scent far into the air. Now, ‘Eternal Fragrance’ (Daphne × transatlantica ‘Blafra’) will bloom in spring and in mid-summer. Sometimes, it has even bloomed for me again in early fall. It grows to about knee-height and will bush out sideways. I like ‘Eternal Fragrance’ because it looks leggy in youth and full in maturity, the opposite of most daphnes. Oh and by the way, I’ve transplanted mine, twice, with no problems (though I made sure to water right away and regularly afterward). Continue reading