Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'
The easiest daphne with the strongest, lily-like fragrance from blue-pink waxy flowers. One bush in afternoon sun will fragrance an entire area in late spring
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: January to March
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
Clusters of small, sweetly scented, pale pink flowers open from purple-pink buds in January among lustrous, lance-shaped, dark green leaves with yellow margins. The flowers are followed by spherical, red fruit. This evergreen shrub thrives in a sunny, sheltered position where its handsome, variegated foliage will brighten the winter garden. Try it at the edge of a mixed border or next to a path where its intoxicating fragrance can be appreciated.
Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum since the plant is susceptible to die-back. Where necessary after flowering, lightly trim to remove misplaced branches and maintain a compact habit.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin irritant
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Q:I am trying to choose between the odora and the aureomarginata varieties. Please could you tell me which has the stronger or most pleasant fragrance.Asked on 3/6/2014 by armchair gardener from Bromsgrove
Both the Daphne odora and Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' have the same scent, the only difference is that 'Aureomarginata' has a yellow margin on the leaf, so maybe it will be which leaf you prefer.Answered on 3/7/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Can this plant be grown in a pot? If it can what size do you recommend.Asked on 6/23/2013 by greenfingers from Linton, Cambridgeshire
Daphnes like well-drained, moisture-retentive, humus-rich soil. They will not tolerate drought or waterlogging, and they are deep-rooting so will need to have the right conditions to thrive in a pot.
I would use a deep container, 50cm x 50xcm approx with a mix of John Innes No 3, multipurpose compost and coarse sharp sand. In early spring, top dress replacing the top 5cm of potting compost, and apply a foliar feed two or three times during the growing season from April to September.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 6/24/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:My Daphne odora Aureomarginata seems to have suffered badly from the long cold and wet winter. Most of its leaves have fallen and although it has flowers, most of them have not opened. Can I prune it now?Asked on 5/3/2013 by Mike from Kings Lynn
Sorry to hear that your Daphne odora Aureomarginata has suffered this winter, it was a hard winter for them. Daphnes dislike being pruned so I wouldn't prune it, probably best to give it a mulch with a well rotted organic manure, keeping the manure away from the stem of the plant and see how it goes. Eventually you can give the plant a light trim to keep it compact.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 5/7/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on leaves? Also shrubs for sunny border please
Hello Crocus Can you tell me why my Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on its leave - and how to treat it please! Many thanks LindaAsked on 4/7/2010 by Linda Binfield
A:Hello again Linda, Viburnum tinus 'French White' is an evergreen shrub that flowers in late winter and spring, so you could get too seasons of interest - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus-french-white/classid.4484/ Mahonias will flower in winter too http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.mahonia/ while Daphne odora Aureomarginata is pretty early in the spring http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/daphne-odora-aureomarginata/classid.3751/ For shrubs that flower throughout the summer, then here are some of my favourites:- Ceanothus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.ceanothus/ Lavender http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/ Hebe http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hebe/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:I'll try that Helen - thank you. Also I have a lovely Crocus voucher to spend! I have just cleared an old sunny border in front of an ornamental wall. I have kept a large Hydrangea at the end of the border but would like a couple of shrubs to put alongside to give some winter colour. Do you have any suggestions that would complement the Hydrangea? Thank you for your prompt reply. LindaAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Linda, The most likely cause of these black spots is Fungal Leaf Spot. This can be caused by a number of things, but is usually a result of the plant being stressed in some way. It may be that it was slightly too cold in winter, or if it is in a pot it may need to be moved to a larger one, or planted out into the ground. Keep an eye on the watering and try to improve the general growing conditions and you should start to see new growth. If the black spots are really unsightly, you should pick off the affected leaves (being careful not to defoliate it completely) and give it a feed with a general purpose fertiliser like Growmore. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Linda Binfield
Q:Balcony plants please
I have just moved into an apartment with little room, could you please recommend evergreens, if possible with fragrance and colour. Balcony size is nearly 3 by 5 metres, south facing. Most grateful YvonneAsked on 2/27/2010 by Yvonne Gowers
A:Hello Yvonne, There are many things that might be suitable - here are some of the best Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/sarcococca-confusa-/classid.4367/ Choisya ternata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/choisya-ternata-/classid.825/ Lavandula http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/ Daphne http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/daphne-odora-aureomarginata/classid.3751/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge
Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards TerryAsked on 12/31/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/5/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Daphne odora problem
Hello Crocus A few weeks ago I bought a Daphne odora from you,. I planted it with some soil conditioner dug into the soil and a little more mixed with the soil when filling in the planting hole. It's bottom 3 or 4 leaves have turned yellow and 2 have dropped off. It was watered in well and has not dried out at all. I am wondering if it needs a little feed of some sort to help it get established? I would be grateful for your advice. I always have Miracle-grow to hand but have not given it any. Thank youAsked on 11/1/2009 by John Stevens
A:Hello There, Evergreen shrubs do need to lose some of their older, lower leaves at some point, and this usually happens after some form of disruption, or when the plant puts on lots of new growth. Therefore I would not be too concerned by the loss of a couple of leaves, and as long as it is kept watered during dry spells then it should be fine. Don't feed it at all now as it should be coming into its dormant period. In spring you can feed it with Mir-Acid. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/2/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello again Yes,very helpful. I will feed with Mir-Acid in the spring. ThanksAnswered on 11/3/2009 by John Stevens
Q:Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' problem
Dear Sirs, Some advice please. I purchased a Daphne odora from you in mid-August and since planting it I have kept it well watered during the very dry weather we have been having in East Anglia. On returning from a week away I noticed that the plant's leaves are drooping and several have turned yellow. I assumed it had dried out and watered it, together with a dose of Miracle Gro for acid loving plants. It does not look any better !!! Have I over-watered it, or can you suggest what is wrong? Any advice gratefully received. With many thanksAsked on 10/6/2009 by Ian Young
A:Hello There, Plants will shed leaves when they are stressed in some way. This can be caused by too much or too little water, too much fertiliser or other chemicals in the soil. I'm afraid I have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of your leaf yellowing, but plants rarely recover immediately so you will need to be patient. I would resist watering unless the soil is quite dry and don't feed it again until next spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What evergreen shub would you recommend?
I wonder if you would be good enough to recommend some low(ish) growing, flowering, evergreen shrubs to grow in full sun for part of the day with well drained clay type soil. Kind regards. KeithAsked on 6/28/2009 by keith waters
A:Hello Keith, There are several lovely plants which spring to mind including Daphne, Hypericum, Rhododendron (the smaller cultivars) and Hebe. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What soil does my Daphne need?
Please could you tell me if the Daphne needs an acid soil?Asked on 11/3/2004 by Diane George
A:All Daphnes prefer humus-rich, well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline to slightly acid. They also like their roots to be kept cool so its a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant with leaf mould.Answered on 11/4/2004 by Crocus
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