Habitat: open places
Height: 15 cm
Flowering: early summer
Width: 25 cm
These are dwarf daphnes, all wonderful plants for growing in the rock garden or in pots in an alpine house or greenhouse. They are neat shrublets, with fine foliage and clusters of scented flowers, rich pinks in most varieties, although there are white ones. Some have coloured fruit.
Daphne x susannae 'Anton Fahndrich' is a hybrid of Daphne collina and Daphne petraea, and is a neat, compact shrub for a rock garden or trough, or to grow in a pot in an alpine house or cold greenhouse. It has small, dark green leaves, and the scented flowers are dusky pinky-purple.
9 cm pot £8.00
|Daphne x burkwoodii 'Somerset' is a particularly hardy form with pink buds that open to a soft white in early spring. It is deciduous and will form an attractive rounded bush.|
|Daphne domini is a compact, evergreen dwarf shrub, suitable for growing in a rock garden or raised bed. It has clusters of tubular pink flowers in spring, which are followed by showy orange fruit in the middle of summer.|
|Daphne x hendersonii 'Ernst Hauser' is a lovely, small, compact daphne with bronzy evergreen foliage. Pretty, fragrant, pale pink flowers are produced in spring. Its lovely scent makes it attractive to bees and butterflies.|
|Daphne petraea 'Lydora' is a first-rate selected form of what is probably the most sought-after species of them all. It makes a tight dome of lustrous, narrow, deep green leaves, which disappear at flowering time beneath a mass of rich pink, scented flowers.|
|Daphne 'Valerie Hillier' is a lovely dwarf evergreen shrub with very fragrant pink flowers opening from darker pink-purple buds. It is a hybrid of Daphne longilobata and D. cneorum.|