- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil,
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: May to June
- Flower colour: white flowers with a purple-red flush outside
- Other features: all parts of the plant including the seed are highly toxic if ingested; contact with the sap may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact, evergreen shrub that forms mounds of leathery, dark green foliage, and in late spring and early summer, clusters of white flowers that have a reddish purple flush on the outside. These form at the tips of the branches, have a delicious scent and are followed by rounded red fruits. It is a wonderful plant to include in a mixed border or woodland garden, ideally close to a path or entrance so you can enjoy the scent of the flowers every time you pass.
- Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum, but if necessary you can lightly trim it back immediately after flowering. Apply a generous mulch in spring, which will help keep the roots cool.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin irritant
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Q:Hi there,can I grow a daphne shrub in a container as my garden soil is not very good; heavy clay which floods in winter & bakes in hot weather. What size pot would I need?
Thank you "Blossom"Asked on 28/2/2013 by blossom from newport south wales
Yes you can grow daphnes in a container. They prefer being potted in a humus-rich, well-drained compost that is slightly alkaline to slightly acid. If you have very heavy clay which is prone to flooding they will do much better in a pot. Daphnes do like their roots to be kept cool so it is best if you can grow them in lightly dappled shade. Make sure they are well watered during any dry spells. I hope this helps. Steve.Answered on 28/2/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Can I grow a Daphne in a container, & if so what size pot would I need? The soil in my garden is heavy clay,& is prone to flood in winter & bake in summer,so I am reluctant to risk the open garden.
Many thanks Dee.Asked on 22/2/2013 by Blossom from Newport
A:Yes you can grow daphnes in a container. They prefer being potted in a humus-rich, well-drained compost that is slightly alkaline to slightly acid. If you have very heavy clay which is prone to flooding they will do much better in a pot. Daphnes do like their roots to be kept cool so it is best if you can grow them in lightly dappled shade. Make sure they are well watered during any dry spells.Answered on 27/2/2013 by Steve
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
Daphnes need a tender touch and they are rarely, if ever, pruned. They also have an annoying habit of suddenly fading away in full glory, yet they are still worth growing, for the heady scent of their flowers are completely intoxicating. The earliest to fRead full article