Gold-edged winter daphne
This year our lovely daphne is coming into flower at least two weeks later than usual which is hardly surprising given the number of frosts we’ve had so far this winter. ‘Aureomarginata’ is a neat evergreen shrub with shiny, gold-edged leaves, and is probably best grown in dappled shade.
It will reach 1-1.5 metres but let no one tell you that this Daphne is slow growing, for when I referred to my trusty garden diary, I saw that I bought ours five years ago as a tiny scrap of a thing in the sale corner of our local garden centre. It’s already a metre high. As always, you will read conflicting advice on the topic of soil and aspect, but it seems to be happiest in soil that is slow to dry out and very slightly acidic.
I know I’m asking a lot of ours because it receives very little sun and there is not a whiff of acidity in our soil, but I did plant it by the path leading to our back door, so I got that part right! There is no point in winter-scented plants being inaccessible, they need to be placed where you will enjoy them. This one needs very little maintenance and is an easier daphne to grow than many of the others.
I was starting to feel rather smug and happy to see the gorgeous clusters of pink and purple flowers on my shrub, when earlier this week I happened to drop in on middle growbag Laura. As I walked to her front door, I was stopped in my tracks by the most arresting specimen of Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’. This is a much more upright and much taller shrub than ‘Aureomarginata’, quite different in habit, but it does hold the coveted award of garden merit from the RHS.
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