Daphne odora Marianni ('Rogbret') (PBR)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: January to March
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
Each leaf has a broad, creamy-yellow edge, which creates quite a pronounced variegation that will help illuminate shadier beds. From late winter the rounded clusters of pink flowers, which form at the ends of the leafy branches, open and fill the surrounding air with their delicious scent. This handsome evergreen has a rounded shape, and is ideal for a mixed shrub border or woodland garden. Try not to plant it too far away from a footpath or entrance though, as you will want to take full advantage of the flowers' sweet perfume.
Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum as 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: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 31/12/2009 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 5/1/2010 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 1/11/2009 by John Stevens
A:Hello again Yes,very helpful. I will feed with Mir-Acid in the spring. ThanksAnswered on 3/11/2009 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 2/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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 6/10/2009 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 7/10/2009 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 28/6/2009 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 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What soil does my Daphne need?
Please could you tell me if the Daphne needs an acid soil?Asked on 3/11/2004 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 4/11/2004 by Crocus
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