Just when winter is at its bitterest in February, the stems of Daphne mezereum smother themselves in blossoms which are exquisite in both colour and fragrance.
Daphne mezereum has been described by Graham Stuart Thomas, long-time adviser to the National Trust and probably Britain's greatest living plantsman, as: "One of the most valuable, hardy, small to medium-sized shrubs for our winter gardens...studded wit h stemless flowers making a cylinder of blossom."
You can buy one Daphne mezereum
for PS15.99 or buy two for PS26.98 and save PS5.
is a winter-flowering beauty that produces masses of fragrant, pink flowers in clusters on upright stems in February/March and scarlet berries in summer.
Scents are almost always evocative - there was no witch-hazel in my grandad's garden but there was Daphne mezereum
. In February, its leafless branches were crowded with pink-purple flowers with a glorious scent (it used to be known as paradise plant).
A VIBRANT winter flowering beauty, Daphne mezereum produces masses of fragrant pink flowers in clusters on upright stems in February and March.
You can buy one Daphne mezereum for pounds 15.95, or buy two for pounds 26.90 and save pounds 5 (root balled plants supplied).
YOU can inject colour and a moodenhancing fragrance into your garden in February and March with Daphne mezereum, a slow-growing mid-size shrub with stiff upright branches and purple-pink blooms.
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Plant pale pink clematis, hellebores and Daphne mezereum
to grab attention whilst you wait for a blue and yellow bulb display to burst through the hard, frosted ground to welcome the fresh growth of blue leaved hostas, lady's mantle and forget-me-nots.
She writes: I love Daphne mezereum
but my daughter has asked me not to plant it as it is poisonous and she's worried her children may get sick if they touch it.
GROW the fragrant-flowered Daphne Mezereum
(above) now and you'll soon be reaping the benefits.The Daphne has bright purple flowers that are produced on the bare stems in late winter, so you'll be planting it in perfect time.