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The seldom seen V. grandiflorum crossed with the award-winning fragrant species V. farreri produced this lovely hybrid in the 1930s. It is characterised by its numerous and densely packed 7.5cm (3in) clusters of rose, pink or blush white blooms, appearing in winter and very sweetly scented. In cold gardens bushes flower from January to March, but in mild winters they bloom from October to March with a short break. 'Dawn' is the form usually grown, a large shrub which eventually needs thinning, but harder pruning will keep it compact. To propagate, take cuttings in summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Species: x bodnantense
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Scented flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: June to August
Flowering period: October to March
This is flowering in my garden now, December, however blooms are a lot.smaller than this picture. Adds winter colour and screens an ugly fence in summer so earns it's keep.
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