Intensely fragrant white flowers, composed of tightly packed, sometimes pink-tinged, petals are borne in large rounded clusters in spring and summer or nearly throughout the year in tropical climates and where protected from freezes and frosts. Large and tropical looking, medium green, fuzzy foliage adorns very upright growing, sturdy, square stems. This is an easily grown tropical shrub-like perennial that may spread vigorously if left to its own devices so consider enjoying the Fragrant Glory Bower or Cashmere Bouquet from a container.
The Fragrant Glory Bower will often flower in a small container but remember that they flower on new growth and so need to produce plenty of new stems or branches to follow the spent ones. In other words the larger the container the better but an 8 or 12" container is usually sufficient. We grow our stock plant in a container nearly 24"W x 18"H and it flowers nearly continuously throughout the year slowing down only for the shortest days of winter. There are a multitude of individual stems in the container each one with the potential to produce flowers.
The Cashmere Bouquet can tolerate light shade to full sun conditions seemingly equally well although cool sunlight is generally recommended. These are naturally understory shrubs but may find their way to edge of the forest or along moist streambanks as well. In full sun their foliage is generally smaller and leans toward olive green and the plants are generally shorter and more compact. When grown in cool sunlight to lightly shaded conditions the plants tend to grow taller and have larger foliage in a deeper shade of green.
(now C. chinense
) may be known more commonly as Cashmere Bouquet particularly on the West Coast of the US. Thank you to A.L. in California for pointing that out to us. Another plant known by that common name is C. bungei
and they are similar in many regards. Whether you know it as Fragrant Glory Bower, Cashmere Bouquet, Scented Malli, False Pikake, Stickbush, or Chinese Glory Bower it is one of the easiest to grow fragrant plants that we offer.
In tropical climates the Fragrant Glory Bower can remain evergreen reaching 6' or more, if exposed to frost or a very light freeze it will likely defoliate though the stems may remain alive. A mild freeze will likely kill the stems back to the ground and even a fairly hard freeze may or may not kill the roots. In mild winter regions this plant may have the potential to become invasive please grow this plant responsibly.
Grows To: 4-6'+H x 2-4'W
This is the average expected mature height by width in feet or inches. Feet are represented by a single quote and inches by a double quote. Under poor growing conditions plants may be slightly to significantly smaller, whereas excellent growing conditions can produce larger more vigorous plants.
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones:
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones were established to give gardeners, horticulturists, farmers, nurseries, and landscape architects a universal way to describe where a plant will survive with regard to average winter lows for a region. And these are averages, here in zone 8B ('A' represents the colder half of a zone and 'B' represents the warmer half of the zone and they are separated by about 5oF) we have seen single digits but that is the exception but should be noted by the daring gardener. Each zone is separated by 10oF and the map was updated in 2012. Our zones do not always agree but we try to use our own experience as to what can be depended on to return or have known reputable gardens and or horticulturists to reliably grow that plant in zones that are usually colder but sometimes warmer than what other resources have available. For more on stretching your cold hardiness zones see the ""Growing on the Edge Growing Guide". If you do not know your zone you can find it by clicking on the "USDA Cold Hardiness Zones" link here or above.
Outdoor Light: Part shade, AM sun, Filtered shade, Light shade
Full Sun - 8 hours or more of direct sunlight; Partial Sun or Partial Shade - 4-6 hours of direct sunlight; AM Sun or Morning Sun or Cool Sunlight - cool sunlight but usually in the shade during the heat of the day; Light Shade - Bright indirect sunlight for much of the day; Filtered Shade - may receive some amount of direct moving sunlight like through trees but usually not for any extended period especially during the heat of the day; Shade - no or very little direct sunlight, especially not during the heat of the day.
pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral
Acidic or Strongly Acidic - pH less than 5.5; Mildly Acidic - pH 5.6-6.5; Neutral - pH 6.6-7.3; Mildly Alkaline - pH 7.4-8.4; Alkaline or Strongly Alkaline pH higher than 8.4. Acid loving plants that are grown under alkaline conditions often exhibit nutrient deficiencies since the roots are not able to draw some types of minerals from the soil. Gardenias, for instance, may need to be sprayed with chelated iron. Most plants that are native to alkaline soils can be grown in neutral to mildly acidic soils successfully, although the opposite generally is not true.
Soil & Moisture: Moist to average moist, moderately fertile soils.
These are the basic soil types and moisture levels where this plant will survive, not necessarily thrive. Drought resistant plants will need to be well-established, usually 2-3 years at a minimum, in the garden or landscape before they are able to withstand lengthy periods (weeks or months) without supplemental water. Most plants will grow and flower and or fruit best where they have ample moisture and nutrients available during the growing season. With that said, many plants, like prairie natives, are quite adaptable to soil types and can thrive in heavy clay as easily as a loose sandy loam.
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A breathable organic mulch is not only aesthetically pleasing (looks nice) but can:
- Help to improve soil organic matter as it breaks down.
- Provide shade for the soil to help reduce moisture loss and prevent weed seed germination.
- Provide soil microbes, mycorrhizae (beneficial fungi), earthworms,and even nematode predators the necessary organic matter and ecosystem to thrive while their actions aid in improving soil tilth and or friability (think of this as the ease with which roots are able to penetrate the soil).
- Provide insulation to protect the crowns of tender perennials and die-back perennials giving gardeners up to an extra half a zone of winter warmth allowing us to grow that which we normally could not.
- Provide soil temperature moderation preventing premature soil warming in winter and providing a cooler root zone in summer.
- So which mulch is our favorite? Our preferred mulch is Longleaf Pine Straw which has: a natural weed preventative for the first year after it is applied; it is sustainably harvested; and it provides protection from soil erosion and doesn't float away, and yet is still both insulative and breathable; while Longleaf Pine Straw appears to last the longest in the garden and landscape in our opinion as compared to Loblolly.
Container Plant Growing Guide - includes uppotting, repotting, potting soil selection, proper watering techniques for containers, what does brown or yellow foliage and green soil indicate, and more
See our Planting A New Plant In the Garden or Landscape, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, initial watering and estabishment watering in instructions
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