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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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Danae racemosa

'Alexandrian Laurel'. A close relative of Ruscus, this forms a small evergreen shrub with arching sprays of healthy looking, glossy green leaves, and orange-red fruits in autumn. Shade tolerant, tough as old boots and great for flower arrangements.

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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

A fine deciduous to evergreen medium sized shrub from the Himalaya bearing a multitude of heavenly scented white to purple pink tinged flowers in the depths of winter. These are seed raised plants from deliberate crosses between cultivars of the species. All will be beautiful, some exceptional. Reasonably well drained soil in sun or semi shade, with some shelter.

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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 faced flowers, pale pink on the reverse 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 with larger flowers than 'Alba', 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 Sentinel'

A particularly upright form of the species and also a strong flowerer, 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'

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 from Burma 1 (new)

From high altitude in N Burma this has evergreen foliage and bunches of smaller flowers, white in the face, purple-pink outside, turning to cream as they go over. Ultimate hardiness unknown in this form so give it a certain amount of shelter.

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Daphne bholua from Burma 2 (new)

From high altitude in N Burma this has evergreen foliage and flowers of an unknown shade as yet. Ultimate hardiness unknown in this form so give it a certain amount of shelter.

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Daphne bholua NJM 13.115

A collection from Nagaland, NE India at 2570m asl, this has almost white flowers, with just a hint of pale pink on the reverse, and evergreen foliage. Ultimate hardiness unknown in this form so give it a certain amount of shelter.

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Daphne bholua var. glacialis 'Gurkha'

Daphne bholua var. glacialis 'Gurkha'

A naturally deciduous high altitude clone, introduced from E Nepal in 1962 by Tom Spring-Smythe, with clusters of comparatively large flowers, purplish-pink and white, borne continuously in Jan-Feb and worth trekking across a garden, or mountainside, to sniff. Rarely seen nowadays due to difficulty of propagation. One of the very hardiest forms.

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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 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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Daphne tangutica

Daphne tangutica

Though not as highly perfumed as some of its cousins this indispensable evergreen shrub will make a neat hummock of glossy dark green with white and rose-purple scented flowers in spring and again in late summer. These are followed by glowing red fruit. Easy in any well drained soil.

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