Daphne are one of the most impressive fragrant flowering plants, and with the right conditions daphne provide not only fragrance but masses of sweet smelling flowers in the winter months. (picture right)
Daphne plants can be grown in pots, it is essential to make sure that the pot remains cool and the potting mix moist, but well drained. Pots are great near doorways when flowering, however they will, need shade.
A few varieties actually prefer sun and some require extra lime in the soil. Despite what you may read, not all varieties are fragrant.
Most Daphne plants prefer a cool, shaded position and a moist well composted soil. Good drainage is essential, and although shade is important, deep shade should be avoided. Mulch should be kept away from the base of the plant, yellow leaves are often a sign of poor drainage and or collar rot.
One of the major problems with daphne plants is over watering, when grown in a protected shaded position in good soil they actually need very little water at all.
Varieties such as Genkwa and Cneorum need different conditions.
Daphne Plants – Species, Varieties and Cultivars
Small leaved daphne and large leaved daphne varieties are available, evergreen and deciduous daphne are also available. Many are suitable for growing in the garden or in pots.
A number of dwarf species and cultivars are available including D.Cneorum. Recent releases include Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ (Daphne x transatlantica) which is a little more tolerant of sun than others.
Varieties or species available for sale include the popular D. odora. However look for varieties such as Daphne x burkwoodii, D. cneorum, D. collina and Da. Genkwa.
Daphne oleoides is a lovely evergreen species from Turkey, slow growing like most species but covered with small slightly perfumed white star shaped flowers in late spring to early summer followed by orange berries. Will reach around 1m over time. Rarely offered in Australia
Growing conditions. A moist humus rich well drained soil
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- Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’
- D. genkwa
- D. tangutica
Daphne plants are available for sale from the following nurseries and growers
PO Box 29 Bowral 2576
Large range of rare plants, bulbs, trees and shrubs for sale online from our Southern Highlands NSW nurseries.
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34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
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PO Box 342 South Hobart Tasmania 7004
phone: 0418883583fax: 0362391678
Mail order nursery specialising in auriculas and primulas.
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order