See it in the Pinewoods and Rock Garden.
One of those plants that is ignored for most of the year other
then perhaps, to wonder why it was planted as it is a truly
unremarkable looking evergreen shrub. However, stumble across it in
the winter and you understand its garden value - sweetly scented
Introduced into the UK in 1771, Paper Daphne's originate from
the Himalayas, from Nepal through Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam,
and into north-west Yunnan in China.
The common name paper Daphne comes from the use of its inner
bark in the manufacture of lokta paper in Nepal. Lokta is the
common Nepalese name given to the two species of Daphne -
Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea used in this
handcrafted paper which has been produce in Nepal for several
thousands of years.
The plants at Ness are not the wild Daphne bholua but a
much better scented variety called Daphne bholua
'Jacqueline Postill'. This variety was introduced in 1982 by Alan
Postill of Hillier Nurseries and named after his wife.
'Jacqueline Postill' is easy to grow in most soils (avoiding
those that are very wet or dry) in any sheltered spot either in
full sun or partial shade. Assuming ideal growing conditions plants
will grow to around 2 metres in 10-15 years. They are generally
pest and disease free and require no pruning.
Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit). This
award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS
following plant trials during which the plant met strict
criteria testing its garden worthiness.