Garland Flower, Garland Daphne
|Full clusters of fragrant blooms in early spring -- and in early summer, tiny, bright fruits -- all parts of these evergreen trees and shrubs are poisonous. Flowers range from pink to white to deep red, and leaves are green or green edged with gold. All need fast-draining soil, so use in rock gardens and containers. Grow in borders near walkways or under windows where you can catch their perfume. Since they grow well in full sun or light shade, you can plant them under trees or on the north side of the house. One problem with these plants is that they sometimes die suddenly for no known reason. Mulch to keep roots cool in summer. Buy in containers, with their root balls in burlap, or start from cuttings, not bare-root plants.
Rosy pink flowers bloom on this 1-foot-high, 3-foot-wide ground cover shrub. After bloom, topdress with peat moss and sand to help root trailing stems. Does not like transplanting.
Attributes - Daphne cneorum
Plant Type: Ground Cover, Shrub
Bloom Season: Late Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Height: 6 in. to 1 ft.
Width: 3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Fragrant, Poisonous. Susceptible to Root Rot.
Daphne x burkwoodii, Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie', Daphne x burkwoodii 'Somerset', Daphne cneorum 'Eximia', Daphne cneorum 'Ruby Glow', Daphne genkwa, Daphne giraldii, Daphne mezereum, Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'