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Daphne 'Carol Mackie'

One of the very popular cultivars Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' with its deep pink new flower buds puts on a wonderful display of flowers as they open to very pale pink to white bloom in spring.

One of the main appealing factors of Daphne 'Carol Mackie' is the foliage, deep green with lightly cream to golden yellow margined leaves. And of course those fragrant flowers.

This is not a particularly demanding plant, and given great foliage it deserves a prominent position in the garden. And as for the best place to plant 'Carol Mackie', follow our 'easy care' notes.

Care

Best in a part shaded position, however deep shade tends to to lead to lanky growth. Be careful of overly wet conditions, like all daphne plants, and most other plants, this cultivar does not like wet soil. It likes a cool moist well drained soil.

You can mulch with well rotted compost, or leaf mold, both have beneficial microbes, however pine bark and other chipped products can cause problems.

Pruning

Pruning is debatable, however when you see those wonderful rounded shrubs in the fine gardening magazines, you will find that they have been regularly tip pruned from an early age.

Taking the secateurs to Daphne burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' and hard pruning is a sure way to cause problems.

 

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