With fragrant pink flowers from mid spring through summer Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ is a variegated form that is very similar to ‘Somerset variegated’.
The flowers themselves will open nearly white and turn to pink as they age.
Flowers form both along the stems and as terminal clusters. The foliage is a mid green with good buttery yellow margins.
We find that in a temperate climate Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ grows best in filtered shade. Some full sun in the morning and then protection from the hot afternoon sun. However, deep shade is not the best position.
Like most species, Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ prefers a humus rich soil, well drained yet moist.
Plants should be mulched every spring to maintain a cool root run.
Pruning to shape can be carried out after flowering and we suggest that you prune back each year, especially when plants are young. Do not go back into bare wood, however do prune.
One of the main problems with Daphne plants is that they do not like being moved, so choose a position wisely and leave them alone.
Fertilize with some blood and bone in late winter, the occasional application of a liquid seaweed fertiliser or a slow release type in spring will work wonders.