Daphnes bring plenty of interest to the garden during late winter and spring, with clusters of highly fragrant flowers in white, pink or mauve. They look great in mixed borders and shrubberies, and you can also get dwarf forms that are suitable for growing in containers. Not only do they bring colour and structure to the garden and provide early-season nectar for bees, but the flowering branches can be used for cutting too.
Flowering shrubs, such as daphnes, are a great low-maintenance alternative to flowering perennials or bulbs, providing year-round structure and height. Producing a repeat show of flowers every year, they’re easy to grow, non fussy and usually last for many years.
How to grow daphnes
Choose a sheltered site in full sun or partial shade with any free-draining soil. Dig a hole which is larger enough to fit the rootball, plus a little extra room. Dig in a an organic mulch to the bottom of the hole to give the plant a really good start. Position the plant in the pot and backfill with soil, firming down afterwards. Water generously after planting.
Daphnes require very little maintenance. Most evergreen varieties have a compact growing habit – they don’t tend to become unruly, therefore don’t need to be pruned. Larger, deciduous varieties, such as Daphne mezereum (pictured) can be pruned after flowering if necessary, but should be kept to a mimimum.
Two fragrant daphnes for £12
Enjoy the gorgeous scent of these beautiful and low maintenance daphnes from spring onwards every year. These particularly compact varieties are ideal for growing in containers or small gardens, attracting bees and filling the air with fantastic fragrance. With this offer, you can buy the collection of two (white and pink) for just £12. Only available while stocks last, order early to a avoid disappointment!