Daphne odora

I have found this daphne from China and Japan hardier than the Mediterranean daphnes, particularly in the form ‘Aureo- margmata’. With green leaves edged with gold. A small, slow-growing evergreen shrub of sprawly shape, the branches divide into multiple twigs, each one topped with a rosette of smooth, shiny leaves with a tight cluster of mauve-pink flowers in the centre, like a child’s bouquet.

The flowers are so heavily scented that in early spring you can smell even a little bush from many yards away. In the open ground the plant reaches a height of 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 m), and rather more in width, but is likely to be smaller in a pot. A few small spring bulbs, such as snowdrops, grape hyacinths or scillas, could be planted at its feet.

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