Articles in Category: Fragrant Blooms

Daphne transatlantica

on Wednesday, 16 April 2014. Posted in Fragrant Blooms, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Flowering Plants

'Summer Ice' and 'Eternal Fragrance' Daphne

Daphne_Summer-Ice-plant-of-By far, one of our most asked about plants!

Daphne Eternal FragranceThis species of Daphne blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall, and is less fussy than some of the other Daphne species. We generally carry two varieties: 'Summer Ice' and 'Eternal Fragrance'.

'Summer Ice' (pictured left) has a creamy, variegated edge. Plants get about 3 to 4' tall by 4 to 6' wide, and has a moderate growth rate. 'Eternal Fragrance' (pictured right) has plain green leaves and is more compact (2 to 3' tall and wide) and slower growing. 

Daphnes are considered partially evergreen plants. In mild winters, they will will keep almost all their leaves, but in severe winters they will drop quite a few leaves - but will flush out beautifully in the spring. What Daphnes are known best for is their fragrance. A light wind will carry their musky sweet fragrance to wherever you are in the yard. 

Daphnes will tolerate full sun, but in our climate a little protection from hot afternoon sun is probably best. We have a huge 'Summer Ice' on the east side of our office and it seems very happy there. While D. transatlantica isn't as picky about watering as other Daphnes, well-drained soil is best. These plants are also deer resistant, and fairly drought tolerant once established. Like all Daphnes, though, it doesn't like to have its root system disturbed so be gentle when planting and don't try to transplant it once it's settled.  


We also regularly carry two other types of Daphne that are a bit fussier, water-wise - but are well worth the effort:

Daphne odora (Winter Daphne): Winter Daphne gets to approximately 3 to 4' tall and wide, and there are both plain leafed and veriegated leafed varieties. One of the secrets of successfully growing Winter Daphnes is to make sure they have excellent drainage. In heavier soils, plant them slightly higher than the surrounding soil, or plant on a mound.

Daphne Lawrence CrockerDaphne 'Lawrence Crocker': This is a really sweet dwarf Daphne (just 12" tall and wide) with purple flowers. Daphne 'Lawrence Crocker' was named after one of the original partners of the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery, and this plant is a lovely namesake. They also prefer well-drained soil, and are an excellent addition to a dry shade garden. 

Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'

on Monday, 09 May 2011. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Fragrant Blooms, Showy Bark/Stems, Attracts Pollinators, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

Howard McMinn Manzanita


This named form of Manzanita made it through the 2009 winter that seemed to kill off most Escallonias and Phormiums.  At lows of seven degrees, this Manzanita didn't even discolor or lose leaves.  We have a few planted in the ground at the nursery and they have done beautifully without much irrigation or care. 

'Howard McMinn' will tolerate more irrigation than other manzanitas but all are very drought tolerant in well draining soil.  It will take full to half a day of sun and grows quickly to 4-5' tall and at least 4-5' wide.  The hummingbirds love the light pink flowers that appear in early spring and smell like honey.  It looks good all year and has dense growth unlike some leggier forms of manzanita.  The red stems contrast nicely with the apple green leaves.  The deer should leave it alone but we have gotten reports of deer chewing some tips.  It may depend on the time of year and the deer population. Arctostaphylos Howard McMinn sm


Choisya arizonica x ternata 'Aztec Pearl'

on Monday, 23 August 2010. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Fragrant Blooms, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Shrubs, Drought Tolerant, Flowering Plants

'Aztec Pearl' Cutleaf Mexican Orange


Here's something for that elusive 4-5' high evergreen, plus it has great fragrance and is deer resistant. This cross has much finer foliage than the straight Choisya ternata and seems less fussy on its location.  The five fingered leaves have a wonderful texture that contrast well with rounded leaf forms or purple foliage.  It is reported to get larger that 5' but in our experience it is easy to tip prune it to keep it around 4' tall and wide.  It is also reported to be hardy to Zone 8 but we have not had any problems with keeping it through the winter, even when we got to 7 degrees this past December.   The key is to place it where it gets at least some winter sun, and that the soil is well draining and doesn't get over watered.  If those needs are met, it seems very cold hardy for the Rogue Valley.  'Aztec Pearl' will take more sun than the straight species, either full sun to half a day of sun.  It looks handsome all year and especially when it has clusters of white flowers in the late spring that have a spicy, citrusy fragrance.  The leaves are poisonous which keep the deer away and can be drought tolerant once established.