Winter Daphne (Daphne odora) is a delicate shrub starts budding during the peak of our winter and is in full bloom by early spring. These evergreens have thick waxy looking leaves with varieties ranging from either solid dark green, or yellow variegated. The long lasting pink/white flowers are sweetly scented and tough enough to hold up in our late winter storms. Plant in well-drained soil that can fully dry out between watering as they will quickly die in soggy or deeply watered locations which is why they have a reputation for being short lived plants. A key to getting great blooms is to plant them in a location that gets morning sunlight and afternoon shade. Pruning should be minimal and focused on removing diseased or dead branches keeping in mind that this is an open branched bush that needs airflow. They can be easily started from cuttings, but will not transplant.