If you filled a garden with a heady aroma and will not do anything about some hard work to get there, is the daphne shrub for you. The key to growing daphnes is preparing the planting bed properly. Daphnes are short-lived and not forgive gardening bug. Give them refuse to flower the wrong soil, water, sunlight and air circulation conditions and daphne, or simply die.
Daphne thrive in various U.S. Department of Agriculture plant climates, depending on which type you are growing. Winter daphne (Daphne odora) grows best in zones 7 to 9, while Carol Mackie and other varieties of Burkwood daphne (Daphne burkwoodii) from Zone 8 north can grow up to zone 4. Daphne any kind like full sun to partial shade. If you are in zone 8 or 9, where the summer sun can be blistering live, should daphnes plants where they get shade during the hottest hours of the day and still have a lot of sunlight. Choose a location with some protection from harsh winter storms in the colder regions of the planting area Daphne.
Daphne pulls humus. If your soil lacks organic material, mix some coarse bark chips dug in the ground, if you dig the planting hole. The chips improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. The floor can be neutral or slightly alkaline. A pH of about 7.0 satisfies daphne demands. Gardening writer and columnist Walter Reeves of Georgia offers a proposal for soil daphnes: 1 part loam to 2 parts all-purpose or leveling sand and a generous amount of soil. He also adds lime to the acidity of the soil in its formulation and 0-46-0 fertilizer containing phosphorus, in order to neutralize the roots grow after planting.
Good drainage is probably the most important factor for growing happy daphnes and poor drainage is probably the main reason for not daphnes bloom or thrive in the garden. Prepare a raised bed cultivation for daphne to the planting site to improve drainage. If you have a small hill in the garden, the better. Use lots of bark chips in the soil you use to fill the hole when the daphne is positioned. Do not overwater the plant, even if planting has superior drainage capability. Daphne can rot from overwatering develop, but they also suffer if they do not have enough water. Keep the soil evenly moist. The plant tolerates some drought, but begin providing additional water if the soil is too dry.
Spread mulch around the plant, 3 to 4 inches deep to keep the roots cool, especially in the summer, and conserve moisture. The mulch is for the benefit of the underground root system, not the aboveground part of the plant, so keep the mulch away from the crown and root of the plant main stem.