Learn Daphne plant care steps that will have you growing these fragrant shrubs with pretty flowers and often evergreen leaves in no time!
My first Daphne plant was an accident. Okay, not really an accident…just not planned for.
I went to an end of season plant sale a few years ago and came home with a small evergreen shrub that was supposed to bloom in the late winter. Since finding plants that flower in the winter is hard to do, I thought I would give it a try.
I planted it on the side of my house and it seemed to do quite well. In February it had a couple of pretty blooms, and I was thrilled…it really does bloom in winter!
And then it died.
The next year, a friend of mine was at another plant sale, and found a variegated Daphne for a really good price. So she bought it for me.
This time, I planted it in the front yard under my Japanese maple…right by the front walk.
When it bloomed in February, its sweet scent filled the air. You could smell it as soon as you opened the front door. How could such a small plant create so much perfume??!!
Plus its variegated leaves definitely brightened up the garden in the winter!
And that’s how I learned both how finicky Daphne is and why I wanted it in my garden anyway.
Since then, I have accumulated a few more Daphne shrubs (and had a couple more die), but I think I have finally figured out how to grow them successfully.
Keep reading to find out what I’ve learned about Daphne plant care.