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Daphnes require good, rich, loamy soil and good drainage is essential for success.

Genus of about 100 species of deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen shrubs from Europe, northern Africa and temperate and subtropical Asia.

Their main attraction is the clusters of usually heavily scented flowers. Some have variegated leaves. They can be grown in borders, rock gardens and in a woodland setting.

The "Eternal" series are a result of a successful 30 year breeding programme to produce a free-flowering Daphne more tolerant of a wide range of soil and garden conditions.

All are attractive to bees and other insects, the earlier bloomers being particularly useful.

Further Reading....

  • Semi-evergreen - Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well. - linear to lance-shaped leaves 4cm (1½in) long.
  • Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
  • Height - 1.5m (5ft)
  • Spread - 1m (3ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - vase-shaped shrub. Flowers in terminal clusters of up to 16, 8mm (less than ½in) across.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Caution, toxic if eaten, may cause skin allergy or irritant - These plants are toxic if eaten and may also cause a skin allergy, rash, irritation to eyes and skin.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - all daphnes resent transplanting. x burkwoodii has a habit of shedding leaves in dry summers. This does not affect the performance of the plant and new leaves appear in autumn or spring. Attractive to bees and other insects.
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, leaf spot, grey mould, viruses.
  • Place of origin - garden origin. Hybrid raised by Albert and Arthur Burkwood, Kingstone-on-Thames, Surrey, UK., in the 1930's.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Is Scented Plant - Scented flowers
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - humus rich but not dry - mulch to keep roots cool.
  • Neutral soil preferred - or slightly alkaline to slightly acidic
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly
1.5m (5ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1m (3ft)

Buy Varieties of DAPHNE

DAPHNE albowiana

DAPHNE albowiana  >

A daphne for a shady area with clusters of extremely fragrant spidery, starry yellow flowers and red fruits
£20.00 each

DAPHNE bholua 'Darjeeling'

DAPHNE bholua 'Darjeeling'  >

Very pale pink flowers fading to white
£40.00 each

DAPHNE bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'  AWARD

DAPHNE bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'  >

Large and showy intensely fragrant purplish pink flowers
Small £20.00 each
medium £40.00 
Large £55.00 each

DAPHNE bholua 'Limpsfield'

DAPHNE bholua 'Limpsfield'  >

Purple-pink in bud, opening paler with white to purple tones. Richly scented and floriferous
£40.00 each

DAPHNE bholua 'Mary Rose'

DAPHNE bholua 'Mary Rose'  >

Deep purple-pink, darker in bud. Comparatively large flowers and highly scented
£50.00 each

DAPHNE bholua 'Spring Herald'

DAPHNE bholua 'Spring Herald'  >

Pure white flowers on this early flowering and highly scented shrub
£25.00 each

DAPHNE cneorum

DAPHNE cneorum  >

Commonly known as: Garland flower.
Abundant clusters of strongly scented rose-pink or white flowers. Slow growing and must have well-drained but not dry soil
£40.00 each
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DAPHNE gemmata

DAPHNE gemmata  >

Bushy habit and clusters of yellow flowers in late spring to summer followed by red fruits
£22.50 each
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DAPHNE 'Guardsman'  >

Upright habit. Rich pink fragrant flowers in spring followed by bright red fruit in summer
£25.00 each

DAPHNE laureola subsp. philippi

DAPHNE laureola subsp. philippi  >

Commonly known as: Spurge laurel.
Fragrant yellow-green flowers beneath polished green leaves. Semi-prostrate habit
£22.50 each

DAPHNE mezereum 'Rubra'

DAPHNE mezereum 'Rubra'  >

Commonly known as: Mezereon.
Scented purplish-red flowers
Large £27.50 each
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DAPHNE odora

DAPHNE odora  >

Commonly known as: Winter daphne.
Fragrant with reddish-purple flowers
£22.50 each

DAPHNE odora 'Aureomarginata'

DAPHNE odora 'Aureomarginata'  >

Commonly known as: Winter daphne.
Leaves have a yellow margin which becomes creamy-white with age
Small £19.50 each
Large £35.00 each

DAPHNE odora 'Cameo'

DAPHNE odora 'Cameo'  >

Commonly known as: Winter Daphne.
Richly scented pale pink flowers from purple-pink buds in spring
£20.00 each

DAPHNE odora f.alba

DAPHNE odora f.alba  >

Commonly known as: Winter daphne.
(var leucantha) - pure white flowered form
£35.00 each

DAPHNE odora 'Mae-jima'

DAPHNE odora 'Mae-jima'  >

Commonly known as: Winter daphne.
Compact habit and attractive creamy-yellow edged green leaves. Profuse dark pink, strongly fragrant flowers
£35.00 each

DAPHNE odora 'Marianni'

DAPHNE odora 'Marianni'  >

Commonly known as: Winter daphne.
('Rogbret'). - green leaves with broad golden yellow margins. Very fragrant tubular pink flowers in late winter, early spring
£17.50 each
Large £35.00 

DAPHNE 'Perfume Princess'

DAPHNE 'Perfume Princess'  >

Large clusters of very fragrant white flowers with a hint of pink at the centre
Small £20.00 each
Large £30.00 each

DAPHNE pontica

DAPHNE pontica  >

Clusters of scented yellowish-green flowers and blue-black fruits
£25.00 each

DAPHNE 'Spring Beauty'

DAPHNE 'Spring Beauty'  >

Flowers tinged pink. Glorious scent
£25.00 each

DAPHNE x susannae 'Cheriton'  AWARD

DAPHNE x susannae 'Cheriton'  >

A hybrid between D.arbuscula and D.collina which, although a small shrub, exhibits hybrid vigour. Dark purple flowers in the summer
£20.00 each
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DAPHNE tangutica   AWARD

DAPHNE tangutica  >

Masses of very fragrant flowers tinged pink
£22.50 each
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DAPHNE x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance'  AWARD

DAPHNE x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance'  >

Rosy-red flowers in bud opening white in large clusters. Extremely fragrant
Small £25.00 each
Large £40.00 each
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DAPHNE x transatlantica 'Pink Fragrance'

DAPHNE x transatlantica 'Pink Fragrance'  >

Pink highly fragrant flowers blooming over an exceptionally long period. Compact habit
Small £25.00 each
Large £40.00 each


DAPHNE 'White Queen'  >

Clusters of white heavily scented flowers
£25.00 each
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