There are several dozen species in this genus, many of which are not hardy for us. The best of them for northern gardeners is a highly ornamental selection of D. x burkwoodii called 'Carol Mackie.' This variety provides the usual rounded 3′ form, subtle grayish green leaves, and marvelously fragrant clusters of pale pink flowers in May (and occasionally thereafter). But Ms. Mackie adds striking golden margins on every leaf, giving the plants a dressy appearance that makes this the showgirl of Daphnes, and an interesting presence throughout the summer. Of course, it's impossible not to pinch small nosegays for the house, and no harm is done.
Grow Daphne in full sun or partial shade in moist but well-drained soil. They prefer a soil pH that is close to neutral.
For more information on growing Daphne, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Liz Z from CT
This is in a border mixed with bulbs and perennials, and a few azaleas, and a dwarf lilac. It is compact, only about 3 feet tall x 3 feet wide but showy both in and out of bloom because of the variegated foliage, which complements soft blues (delphiniums), pinks, & purples in the garden. Strong plant each year. Japanese beetles don't touch it. The fragrance on the blooms is sublime.
LaTasha, American Gardner Idol 2008 from Stephens City, VA
The smell on the 'carol mackie' daphne is one to die for! The only negatives are that they DO NOT like to be moved once established, and that they have VERY unpredictable life spans (once you get used to having them around every year, suddenly one can die). But I guess its better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all...
Waiting to Plant from Sterling, VA
I look forward to this shrub's bloom time every year, mid to late March in Northern VA. The fragrance is similar to gardenia spiked with lime. Make sure this plant has well-drained soil but plenty of moisture and it will be very low maintenence. Lore has it to plant Daphne near concrete, that it benefits from the water running off concrete surfaces. The branches are a bit brittle and can break under snow loads. I did not have any pest problems. An additional benefit is that Daphne is deer resistant.
Bunkeybear from Rochester, NY
We use this for our foundation plantings and as a speciman in a perennial border. Although our west-facing plants get the brunt of winter weather, they always bounce back in spring, bigger and better than ever. During our spring cleanup of the yard, we can never stop ourselves from taking the time to admirer the Carol Mackie shrubs. The perfume seems to make our tasks a little lighter. Who couldn't use a lift like that? The variegation adds that little extra light that makes this shrub really shine!
Emma from Troutman, North Carolina
I've had 2 of these..one did not transplant because it was well established. The other had been damaged by ice. However, it is a beautiful shrub! Very unique, colorful and smells wonderful.
Now, we have moved and I'm in need of another! Can't wait for Spring!
Latin Name Pronunciation: daff'nee
Grow Daphne in full sun or partial shade, and moist but well-drained soil. Prefers soil with a pH close to neutral; add lime if your soil is excessively acid. Prune as necessary after bloom in spring.