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Daphne

Daphnes are pretty freaking amazing... this past summer was brutally hot and dry. And the daphnes ate it up. Not a drop of supplemental water, and not only did they thrive, they kept on flowering. They're also much hardier than most of the references would have you believe. We've got nearly everything we list out in the garden, and they take the worst a zone 5 Michigan winter can throw at them without even blinking. Even better, they must be impressively toxic, because I've never seen an insect, deer, or rabbit so much as nibble on them. Daphne's one great weakness is the disease phytophthora, which thrives in wet soil high in organic matter. If you have sandy soil, they'll be as happy as can be, and if you don't, a raised bed filled with sand is going to be your best bet. As ornamental shrubs, daphnes are very nearly perfect. Most of them are evergreen, often with beautiful glossy foliage on a tight, mounded growth habit that any boxwood would kill for. Variegation is common and beautiful, and they boast some of the best fragrances out there. Everything we offer produces a heavy flush of blooms in the spring, and most of them will then re-bloom in several flushes over the summer, and a few bloom pretty much continuously from early spring to well after the first few frosts. Growth habits range from tiny creepers an inch or two tall to robust 3-4 foot shrubs. There is a daphne for every garden. You won't see daphnes offered for sale from most other nurseries, largely because they are pain to deal with in a nursery setting, and basically always look straggly and awful in a pot. On top of that, they resent transplanting when they are large, so you need to purchase them as little plants. It takes a bit of a leap of faith to buy a small, straggly looking plant, but stick them in a place with good drainage, and in just a year or two they fill out to a beautiful, full, flower-covered plant. Take a chance on a daphne, and you might just fall in love.



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Daphne 'Rosy Wave' (burkwoodii x collina)

Daphne 'Rosy Wave' (burkwoodii x collina)

Daphne 'Rosy Wave' (burkwoodii x collina) Beautiful hybrid with profuse flowers that open broadly for a brilliant display. Like most burkwoodii hybrids, an all around better plant than its parent, with glossier foliage and better rebloom. Zone 5, at least
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Daphne arbuscula x verlotii

Daphne arbuscula x verlotii

This has been out in the gardens for years, but we'd not gotten enough propagated to list until this year, so snap it up while you have a chance! An extremely profusely flowering hybrid with long, narrow glossy green evergreen leaves and big heads of hot pink flowers. Nice compact growth habit, which makes it perfect for the rock garden, but a pain to try and take cuttings from. Zone 5
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Daphne circassica #1 best

Daphne circassica #1 best

Endemic to the western Caucasus in the region of Mt Fist and Mt. Osten at altitudes from 1800 to 3200m, this cool little Daphne is still very rare in cultivation; it was first introduced by Halda in 1998. Circassica is closely related to sericea and collina and has been fully hardy here. The compact clone we offer is the best of the seedling forms we have seen and will probably eventually be named; I am toying with 'Fist of God' after the mountain on Niven's Ringworld.
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Daphne cneorum 'Benaco'

Daphne cneorum 'Benaco'

Peter Erskin's collection from northern italy it is a fairly vigorous plant and very free blooming producing axillary as well as terminal flowers. I am not a huge fan of cneorum but peters selection is excellent. Peter visited us a few years back not only was he utterly charming he recognized most everything on the nursery without reading labels which is no small feat and hardly what one would expect from a captain in the Royal Navy.
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Daphne cneorum 'Blackthorn Triumph'

Daphne cneorum 'Blackthorn Triumph'

Named for Blackthorn nursery, where Robin White creates most of the best new daphnes in the world, this is a tiny extremely flat prostrate trailing version of the always gorgeous Daphne cneorum. Best in a trough or at the edge of a raised bed where it can creep and trail over the edge. The very small size makes it a pain to take cuttings off, so we're very excited to be able to list it now. Who knows when it will happen again. Zone 5
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Daphne cneorum f. verlotii x arbuscula

Daphne cneorum f. verlotii x arbuscula

We have a pair here that we are unsure of, clones obtained as the reverse of each other. Plants are similar and very nice, as you would expect from the parentage. We see minor differences between them but it is possible these are cultural in any event we have kept them separate.
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Daphne cneorum pygmaea

Daphne cneorum pygmaea

So thrilled to be able to list this super dwarf form of D. cneorum! Extremely dense little plants perfect for troughs or small rock gardens, very heavy flowering, and usually incredibly difficult to root from cuttings. This year the weather and who knows what else aligned in our favor, and we're thrilled to have a batch for sale. Limited numbers available, and when we sell out, who knows when we'll have them again>>>>>>>>>> This picture is the same plant in full bloom!
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Daphne juliae

Daphne juliae

Daphne juliae Largely similar to (and maybe actually a form of) D. cneorum, which is to say, it is lovely and fragrant with rich pink flowers, but flowers a week or two earlier than D. cneorum.
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Daphne sericea Compact Form

Daphne sericea Compact Form

Closely related to collina, (Halda lumped collina into sericea but I doubt if anyone will take it seriously I agree with robin that the two are distinct and the Turkish forms are quite different from the Cretan ones) the heads of sweetly scented lilac flowers, are produced in spring and it generally reblooms later in the summer, in the garden it will make neat rounded mounds 2-3' in height.
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Daphne x burkwoodii

Daphne x burkwoodii

These are from a green reversion of silver edge the grex is cneorum x caucasica, fragrant reblooming exceptionally hardy the burkwood crosses are amoungst the best garden daphne.
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