(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen)
Most daphnes bear very fragrant. There are many kinds and some are rather difficult to grow. Plant in a well-drained in October, November, March or April. Some that are easy to grow are: Daphne blagayana (B), 9 to 10 in., a semi-prostrate kind with very fragrant creamy flowers from March to April, suitable for the rock garden.
D. burkwoodii (D), 3 to 4 ft., of spreading habit, fragrant mauve flowers in late May.
D. mezereum (mezereon) (D), 3 or 4 ft., the most common, bears sweetly scented, purplish-red flowers in February and March on the leafless branches. There is a white variety, album. Needs no.
D. odora aureo-marginata (E), 2 to 3 ft., with yellow-edged leaves and delightfully fragrant, reddish-purple flowers in late winter. Needs the protection of a wall, especially in colder districts.