Fragrant Daphne

Early yesterday morning I caught my first whiff of Daphne odora.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne)

Just beginning to flower, the three shrubs are planted along the front of the house near the driveway. They have grown in together and appear to be one large Daphne. One of the three is D. ‘Aureomarginata’.

The cold winter and heavy snows this year severely damaged the foliage and buds. From the street side they look terrible, but the portion that backs up to the porch was more protected and will make a nice, if limited, show. And the fragrance will certainly be enjoyed.

Daphne odora (Winter daphne) protected by the overhang and proximity to the porch

The temperature yesterday reached 81° Fahrenheit. Today’s high is predicted to be 41°. I do not talk to my plants but if I did I would encourage them to “Be strong and courageous!”

17 thoughts on “Fragrant Daphne

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Isn’t it a delicious scent Judy? By the way if you have a chance, check out Rivertown Bistro. Conway SC. I had lunch with my sister there last summer and it was very nice.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It makes a nice shrub, stays attractive year round and forms those pink flower buds a good month or so before they open—pretty at that stage, but then the fragrance is the prize.

      1. tonytomeo

        We grew only a few before we realized that no one wanted them. Daphne is expected to be variegated. We had another species with white flowers too, but it was also unpopular.

  1. Kris P

    Oh my gosh – what a temperature swing! With all this wild weather, I’m beginning to wonder if Mother Nature is going through menopause. We’re expecting a temperature swing too but nothing nearly as dramatic (15 degrees). I love the Daphnes, even if they’re battered and bruised. If we’d received any decent rain this year, I’d try growing one again.

  2. bittster

    That is quite a rollercoaster of temperatures!
    Fragrant flowers are something my garden really doesn’t do well with. I’d add more but not everyone here enjoys strong fragrances on the wind.

  3. rusty duck

    Oh gosh, I can almost pick up that scent from here. Your plants look very healthy, even if only from one side. They tend to get weedy and leggy here. At least, mine do!


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