Gardens exist for three major reasons: to maintain the balance of nature, to feed the body and to please the senses. There is nothing more exotic and pleasurable (well, we could debate that) than arriving at someone’s front door and being overcome by an intoxicating fragrance. The Daphne must take pride of place at the entrance to a home as the powerful and sensual perfume is not only welcoming for guests arriving, but is as delightful for the homeowners, enticing them outdoors. It is the feng shui of fragrance.
The added bonus of the Daphnes is that they are winter flowering and will provide colour and fragrance when much of the garden is dormant. From mid-winter on into spring the shrub produces clusters of small, starry, flowers. Several flower and foliage forms are available and the variety with yellow-edged leaves, 'Variegata' is often hardier and easier to grow.
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Daphne odora (Leucantha) is the most commonly grown species. It is native to China and has been cultivated in Japan for centuries. It is frost tender but will survive in temperate regions. Daphne bholua, which originates in the Himalayas can be evergreen or deciduous, both of which have fabulous perfume. Daphne cameo has an unusual apricot colour in contrast to the mostly pink varieties.
Daphnes prefer cool, well-aerated, gritty, humus-rich soil. They will not forgive you for moving them - they are intolerant of root disturbance and are best planted in position when young and left there to mature. They can be incorporated into the general planting scheme as well as taking pride of place in the vicinity of the front door.
This very desirable Daphne has glossy green leathery foliage and tight clusters of creamy white blooms with a gorgeous fragrance. The blooms appear in late winter. Plant in semi-shade in nice rich soil, avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Your Daphne will do well if you avoid root disturbance. They generally prefer semi-shade and cool lime free soil with good drainage. If you do not have just the right spot in the garden plant one in a container and place where you will enjoy the delicious perfume.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
What a delightful little 'must have' this Daphne is. Neat and tidy grey-green foliage and dainty white flowers that open from tight pink buds from spring right through to autumn. And of course is has a wonderful fragrance. Slow growing and compact. Happy in sun or part shade. Semi-evergreen. PVR.
Depending on temperature this Daphne may shed some leaves therefore it is known as semi-evergreen. As the growth habit is slow and compact this Daphne would be happy in a container which you could position in order to maximize the lovely fragrance.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
Pink Daphne. The popular upright Daphne having clusters of white to pink blooms with typical heady fragrance that Daphne is renowned for. Attractive dark green foliage that offsets the flowers. Suits a dappled light spot. Evergreen. H1m.
Colour: Pink / White Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Daphne Spring Pink Eternal Fragrance is part of the new generation of Daphne breeding. This is a beautiful and hardy new selection. Like its award-winning counterpart, Eternal Fragrance, it is celebrated for its sun hardy nature. Plant it in full sun and enjoy its gorgeous pink blooms, exquisite fragrance and repeat flowering nearly all year round.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm