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DAPHNE genkwa

DAPHNE giraldii 
Small tidy shrub to 0.75m. It is always popular due to the flowers in May being yellow! These are "proper" tubular yellow flowers rather than the likes of D.pontica! Red fruits. Deciduous. It is reputed to be one of the easier Daphnes to grow - so why are we struggling with it? Excellent seed germination at last this spring will hopefully see this lovely plant available again in 2003. Hopefully our new compost mix will solve our growing on problems!

DAPHNE x hendersonii
(D. petraea x D. cneorum) In May 1930 two Englishmen, Henderson and Hill found an evergreen wild hybrid in a valley west of Lake Garda in south Tyrol. It's habit is quite small and very dense; basically intermediate between its parents. Thus it is perfect for the spot where cneorum is too big and petraea too difficult! Beautiful clear apricot pink flowers are a subtly different colour from most Daphnes.

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Apple Blossom'
Glossy dark green leaves curl inwards at the edges. The pink buds open to pale pink flowers. Compact and low growing habit.

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Aymon Correvon'
Previously classified under D. x thauma; typical alpine habit with fragrant shell pink flowers.

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Blackthorn Rose'
(D. petraea 'Tremalzo' x D. cneorum f. album) With parentage like that, this should have been white flowered, but life is never that simple! Instead, it is deep pink in bud, opening to large pink flowers. Compact habit.

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Ernst Hauser' 
Originating in Val Bondo, Northern Italy, this form is of upright, more vigorous growth and narrow dark glossy green leaves. There is a ruffled appearance to the large pink flowers which may be produced intermittently throughout the year in addition to the main spring flush.

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Fritz Kummert' 
A delightful form whose vigour is belied by itself smaller than normal leaves. The bright pink buds open to paler flowers giving a pretty bicolour effect.

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Kath Dryden'
Narrower leaves than some cultivars and distinctive flower colour, being about as close to red as I've seen on a Daphne. The photo left doesn't quite capture the colour...!

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Marion White' 
White flowers contrast spectacularly with deep green leaves.

Daphne hendersonii Rosebud DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Rosebud'
Compact habit; dark pink flower buds open to large pink flowers.

DAPHNE x hendersonii 'Solferino' NES99/4
This superb clone was found in northern Italy in 1999, though not named until 2004. Of more sturdy and upright habit than most, as much as 30cm high by twice as wide could be achieved in favourable conditions. Bright pink in bud, the fully open flowers are paler giving a delightful contrast.

Daphne 'Hinton'
(D.acutiloba x D.collina) A super little shrub, in some ways reminiscent of a dwarf napolitana. Compact habit, glossy foliage and deep purplish-pink flowers in May.

DAPHNE houtteana  

DAPHNE x houtteana    
At last I have again this unique Daphne, thanks to the generosity of Mrs Huntington who sent me a piece to graft having discovered that my stock plant had perished. The foliage matures to a wonderful deep purple whilst the rich deep pink flowers occur in the leaf axils on the stems. It is susceptible to the dreaded Daphne virus though, so do be careful not to plant it next to an already ailing plant! Closely related to D. laureola so thrives in semi shade.

DAPHNE x hybrida
(D. collina x D. odora) Shelter from freezing winds is worthwhile since it is evergreen. The foliage is dark glossy green and the flowers benefit from the dark pink colour of D. collina, although they small like D. odora! They are freely produced from November-January. A hybrid which gives the best of both parents - a lovely plant but not the easiest to grow.

Daphne jasminea DAPHNE jasminea 
A beautiful dwarf with small, narrow bluish-green leaves. There are several forms of this; this one is rather flat growing and surprisingly vigorous, but is the only form we’ve managed to keep outside. It is winter cold hardy - any problem will be more a result of winter wet than cold. Protect it with a sheet of glass propped over it if necessary. The small but freely produced white flowers contrast spectacularly with red shading on the outside and the dark buds. They are, of course, delightfully fragrant. Our plants flower for weeks and are quite magnificent.

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