DAPHNES IN BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON
Well, hello, Daphne! With intensely fragrant flowers that start to bloom in winter, these shrubs have a way of making us feel better about the world. All daphnes are perennial shrubs that do well in cool weather. While daphnes begin blooming in late winter/early spring, some varieties will deliver another flush of blooms well into autumn.
This is a selection of some of our favorite daphnes. Please email us to see if your preferred variety is available at our Bellevue nursery. Bloom times and sizes are approximate. Sizes indicated are size in 10 years.
TIPS FOR PLANTING AND GROWING DAPHNES
Daphnes are broadleaf evergreen shrubs native to China and Japan. Luckily for us, they do great in USDA zones 7-9.
Super-fragrant flowers come in clusters that range from white to pink to red flowers with creamy pink throats. Leaves can be solid green or green with gold margins. Most daphnes grow about 4 feet high; though they can reach up to 10 feet at maturity.
Daphnes need rich soil, dappled sunlight, light moisture and protection from harsh winds. Winter daphnes (Daphne 'odora') should be well-mulched year round to prevent drying out during summer, and to protect the roots in the winter when temperatures reach freezing. All daphnes need excellent drainage. Light needs vary by variety. Be sure to check plant tags before choosing.
Special Note: Daphnes don't like to be moved. To avoid damage and possible loss, carefully plan your daphne's long-term location in the garden.
They are superb as hedges and in entryways, where their intoxicating fragrance can be enjoyed.