Fragrant, pink, trumpet-shaped flowers adorn Henderson’s daphne in spring and again in late summer.
See Daphne x hendersonii in the garden and first, you fall in love with the dense, gorgeous, glossy, dark, evergreen foliage. Already in love with the leaves, you’ll faint when spring comes and the shrub covers itself with lush clusters of rich pink flowers. Bend down for a closer look and catch a whiff of that incredible fragrance and you’re a goner. Even better? Come late summer it blooms again, just as profusely and fragrantly.
Deer and insect resistant, the only key to growing this and other daphnes is excellent drainage. Plant them in sandy soil. If you have clay, stick them in a raised bed or large container full of sand, and then just don’t water them.
Common Name: Henderson’s Daphne
Botanical Name: Daphne x hendersonii
Blooming Period: May and July/August
Type: Evergreen shrub, hardy in USDA Zones 5 though 8
Size: 8 inches tall, up to 18 inches wide
Exposure: Sun to part shade
When to Plant: Spring
Soil: Extremely well drained
Watering: Water when you plant, then leave them alone! Wet will kill them.
In Your Landscape: Place daphne in raised beds and troughs to bring those fragrant flowers closer to your nose.
Daphne x hendersonii
From Michigan Gardening Magazine Volume I Issue 2. Photos by Joseph Tychonievich