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Dacrycarpus dacrydioides - hardy form

Normally thought tender, the form I grow and propagate has been hardy to at least -12c outside, frozen solid in a pot through the mega winter of December 2010! An individual, distinctive and attractive small tree in the UK where it forms a crown of arching, pendulous very slender branches clad in very small, narrow, two ranked, spirally arranged, brown tinted leaves.

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Daphne 'Spring Beauty'

Daphne 'Spring Beauty'

A cross between D. aff. sureil and D. bholua 'Peter Smithers', this has fragrant lilac-pink flowers borne in early spring over a particularly long period. The flowers are attractively less crowded in the inflorescence than D. bholua. Makes a medium to large evergreen shrub, for well drained soil and a sheltered site, though this has taken -10c with no damage.

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Daphne acutiloba 'Fragrant Cloud'

Daphne acutiloba 'Fragrant Cloud'

A selection from plants introduced by Compton, D'Arcy and Rix from SW China. The long, narrow, dark-green leathery leaves provide a fine backdrop to the deliciously and spicily scented creamy-white flowers, borne over a long period in spring. Attractive bright orange-scarlet fruits are not often seen. Upright and bushy to 1.2m tall. Any well drained soil.

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Daphne bholua 'Garden House Enchantress'

A particularly floriferous form of the species, selected from many seed raised plants in Devon, bearing a multitude of heavenly scented white and purple-pink tinged flowers in the depths of winter. Reasonably well drained soil in sun or semi shade, with some shelter. Height approx 2m

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Daphne bholua 'Garden House Ghost'

A particularly good white flowered form of the species, selected at the Garden House, Devon, bearing a multitude of heavenly scented pure white flowers in the depths of winter. Reasonably well drained soil in sun or semi shade, with some shelter. Height approx 2m

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Daphne bholua 'Garden House Red Stem'

A form of the species with particularly purple-red stems selected from many seed raised plants in Devon, bearing a multitude of heavenly scented white and purple-pink tinged flowers in the depths of winter. Reasonably well drained soil in sun or semi shade, with some shelter. Height approx 2m

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Daphne bholua 'Garden House Sentinel'

A particularly upright form of the species, selected from many seed raised plants in Devon, bearing a multitude of heavenly scented white and purple-pink tinged flowers in the depths of winter. Reasonably well drained soil in sun or semi shade, with some shelter. Height approx 2m

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Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

Often regarded as the all-round best form of the species, though most plants sold today are micro-propagated and seem to produce fewer flowers. These are grafted from my old plant to avoid such problems. A fabulous evergreen, medium sized shrub with rounded clusters of large white/pink flowers, filling the garden with a delicious scent in Jan/Feb.

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Daphne bholua 'Limpsfield' (new)

A recent selection of this fine evergreen medium sized shrub from the Himalaya. A particularly floriferous form, the heavenly scented flowers are seen in the depths of winter, usually in Feb, and are rich purple-pink in bud with some of that colour bleeding into the white open faces. Reasonably well drained soil in sun or semi shade, with some shelter.

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Daphne bholua 'Peter Smithers'

A very fine form of the species named after that great plantsman, who originally collected seed from the Daman ridge in Nepal. Evergreen or sometimes semi-deciduous, the flowers start as very dark red-purple buds, opening to white flushed with red-purple. For sun or semi-shade in any ordinary soil.

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Daphne bholua NJM 13.115 (new)

A collection from the slopes of Japfü Peak, Nagaland, NE India at 2570m asl. This form has pure white flowers and evergreen foliage.

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Daphne laureola subsp. philippi

A dwarf Pyrenean form of our native evergreen Daphne, shrunken in all its parts, making a little hummock of a shrub with glossy leathery leaves. Tolerating the deepest shade, it is happier and better looking in brighter conditions and suitable for a raised bed or rock garden. Clusters of tiny fragrant yellow-green flowers borne in Feb/Mar. Any free drained soil.

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Daphne mezereum

Daphne mezereum

An old classic, winter flowering, small deciduous shrub, making a bushy, rounded plant of about a metre high, heavily clothed in purplish-pink scented flowers in February. Scarlet fruits follow. For any free drained soil in either sun or shade.

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Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'

Hardly needing an intro, this much admired small evergreen shrub has one of the most powerful fragrances of any plant that we can grow. The clusters of piercingly citrus-sweet purple-pink and white flowers are borne all over the bush in late winter and early spring. The foliage has a narrow creamy yellow margin. Ordinary well drained soil in sun or semi-shade.

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Daphne odora f. alba 'Sakiwaka' (new)

This is the pure white flowered, plain green leaved form, without all the variegation (never a bad thing). A tasteful subtle beauty with the same utterly supreme scent as ever in March. A small rounded evergreen shrub for sun or semi-shade and any well drained soil.

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Daphne pontica

Daphne pontica

A small, rounded, hardy evergreen shrub from the Near East, very tolerant of shade and poor soil. Clusters of spidery, yellow-green flowers in April/May, deliciously fragrant in the evening. Similar in a way to our native D. laureola, but with broader leaves and better flowers.

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Daphniphyllum himalense var. macropodum

Daphniphyllum himalense var. macropodum

A superb, unusual, evergreen, large shrub with fairly sizable, Rhododendron-like foliage, pale beneath and with red petioles. Easy and hardy in any good soil, acid or alkaline, in sun or shade. Male flowers, when in bud, look a bit like Mulberries. An aristocratic foliage plant of fine form.

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Daphniphyllum sp. NJM 10.147

Found in far N. Vietnam at an altitude of 2300m, this collection is proving difficult to name with certainty. Rather than attach an incorrect name just to help sell this, in the way some do, I would prefer to just tell you that it was a handsome large shrub with elongated black fruit, bold evergreen leaves with white-glaucous undersides and classic Daphniphyllum good looks.

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Dasyphyllum diacanthoides (new)

An evergreen tree in the family Compositae bearing heads of most attractive creamy-white, rather atypical daisies. From the cool temperate rainforests of Southern Chile where it is endemic, growing with such lovely trees as Nothofagus dombeyi and Drimys winteri and also drier areas This survived the hellish cold of Dec 2010 at Ness BG.

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Dendromecon rigida

Dendromecon rigida

Highly prized and always in demand, with never enough available, this is a 'Tree Poppy' from California best planted and trained against a very sunny wall in well drained soil, where it will make a tall shrub with rigid, narrow, glaucous, evergreen leaves and a very long succession of poppy-like, bright, buttercup yellow flowers in summer.

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