DAPHNE continued

DAPHNE retusa 
Surprisingly unavailable, this rewarding dwarf evergreen is very slow growing and compact. The flowers are strong pink in bud, opening white tinged purple on the outside. They occur in clusters in May-June. Sun or light shade. Very similar to D. tangutica, but smaller. Expect 60cm in all directions, but it may take 20 years! Due to the slower growing nature of this plant, they are small when you receive them. Consider whether this is the right plant for you, or whether the more vigorous and better behaved D. tangutica would be more appropriate. If in doubt, please discuss with me.

DAPHNE 'Richard's Choice'  
(D. collina x D. x burkwoodii) This fantastic small semi-evergreen shrub was named after Richard Lee, propagator at Rosemoor until his untimely death in 1993. The leaves are rounder than those of D. x burkwoodii but more papery and larger than D. collina. The flowers are reminiscent of D. x burkwoodii, only larger. They are distinctly pink in bud, opening white flushed pink on the outside. The first flowers open in May and it continues to flower until November! Simply magnificent and the fragrance is superb too. 

Daphne rodriguezii x sericea DAPHNE rodriguezii x sericea  

See DAPHNE x latymeri 'Spring Sonnet'

DAPHNE x rollsdorfii 'Arnold Cihlarz'
(D. petraea x D. collina) Dark glossy green evergreen foliage makes a healthy background for fragrant dark rosy pink flowers. Bushy in habit and reliable repeat flowering.

DAPHNE x rollsdorfii 'Wilhelm Schacht'
(D. collina x D. petraea) Very similar to the above, it is distinguished by being slightly more vigorous and having marginally paler flowers.

DAPHNE x rossettii 
(D. laureola subsp. philippi x D. cneorum) This is a natural hybrid - in the Pyrenees the parents are widespread, but it is less common for them to actually flower at the same time. Unfortunately, their hybrid can be shy to flower, particularly if growing strongly. It will thrive in moist shade but seems to flower better in a sunny site with a restricted root run. The flowers are pale green, tinged pink and are deliciously honey scented, very much intermediate between it's parents, as is it's habit. It is dense and low growing, but less spreading than cneorum with leaves more akin to philippi in size.

DAPHNE Rosy Wave DAPHNE 'Rosy Wave' 
(D. x burkwoodii x D. collina) Similar to D. x mantensiana 'Manten', but a little smaller growing at 2'x2'. The lovely pink fragrant flowers open fully rather than the more star like appearance of 'Manten'. Flowers start in May, but repeat flowering through the summer is common.

DAPHNE x schlyteri 
(D. arbuscula x D. cneorum) I hesitate to say that this is my favourite alpine Daphne as it would sell out instantly (!) but it has done superbly well for us, forming a dense hummock of roughly football size. It has been covered in rich pink flowers at intervals through the season and looks really splendid.

Daphne x schlyteri Lovisa Maria DAPHNE x schlyteri 'Lovisa Maria'
This has been recently announced as the correct name of that which we previously grew as Daphne 'Leila Haines' x arbuscula. Apparently it is the original type form of the cross made by Severin Schlyteri, subsequently named after him. I think they are a wonderful combination, giving an excellent alternative to the elusive D. arbuscula! It has dark green leaves which are narrower than those of D. arbuscula but the same dumpy habit and deep rosy purple flower. A superb alpine, or even suitable for the very front of a special border.

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