Fragrant Daphne Garden Plants
Daphne garden plants are evergreen or deciduous shrubs prized for the attractive, fragrant blooms they produce in winter or spring and sometimes for their foliage. The short-lived garden plants have attractive foliage with dark-green glossy leaves and clusters of small flowers in shades of white, yellow, pink and lavender. Depending on the species, they can survive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 10. Some Daphne garden plants grow to less than a foot tall while others can reach 4 feet tall or higher. Daphne garden plants fare best in extremely well-drained soil with a neutral pH. They can grow in loam or sand. Adding mulch to help keep the soil cool and conserve moisture also helps daphnes. Use chopped leaves, shredded bark or wood chips, but do not let the mulch touch the plant’s bark. Daphnes grow in partial sun or partial shade and some species can even tolerate full sun.
Daphne garden plants do not need fertilizer as it will upset the plant’s pH balance. Adding a thin layer of manure or compost in the spring over the soil is adequate for additional nutrition. They do not require much pruning, only corrective snipping when necessary. Taking cuttings from the tips of the plant’s long shoots helps daphnes grow fuller.