Real World Gardener Daphne odora is Plant of the Week

July 2nd, 2015

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daphne%2Bodora.png Sabina Fielding Smith
Do you love scent in the garden?

Perhaps not the cloying scent of Jonquils or common Jasmine, but a more delicate scent that floats through the air.

Often the scented plants we crave don’t grow that well in our region, but that’s not stopped gardeners from trying.

We love to grow hard to find, difficult to grow plants that hold that alluring something.

Today’s plant, Daphne odora, or Daphne is of course scented and has a reputation.



Daphne eternal Fragrance

Odora of course means fragrant in latin.

Possibly the most strongly perfumed of the genus and the most commonly grown in Australia, mainly in the cooler, south-east.

As we mentioned, it grows best in fertile, slightly acid, peaty, well-drained soils.

Dahne grows in full sun or partial shade, and is hardy to −10 °C (14 °F), possibly lower.

The best advice seems to be: do not disturb the roots; provide fertile, well-drained soil, morning sun, shelter from afternoon heat and water; not too much and not too little! And, don’t feel too bad if it dies as you will be in very good company.





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