Plant of the month March: Daphne Odora

Friday, March 27, 2015

Plant of the month March: Daphne Odora

We welcome our resident gardener Jason back again to the blog to give his verdict on this month's (slightly late!) plant of the month.
What's the plant for March?

Daphne Odora

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Now and again you find yourself strolling through a garden when suddenly a gorgeous scent wafts your way and you turn your head in every direction looking for its source. Daphne Odora is a shrub that is guaranteed to invoke such a reaction.
These evergreen shrubs produce highly scented purply-pink flowers in early spring and would make a worthwhile addition to any garden. They are perfect sited near to the house adjacent to windows or door openings so that their mesmerising scent is enjoyed to the maximum.
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These shrubs suit fertile, moist soils, provided it’s well drained, and are best suited to sheltered positions.
A maximum overall height and spread of about 1.5m means that it will suit most spaces.
One word of warning though, these plants do not like to be moved. Therefore, pick your spot well because it needs to say there!
For a variation on this shrub, choose Daphne odora aureomarginata. Its cream lined leaves offer some alternative interest to the plain green.
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Thanks Jason, great advice. We look forward to what you have in store for April!

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