Daphne Summer Ice by Lindsey

I thought someone would of written a review of this plant by now since it has to be the employee favorite! Daphne Summer Ice is a semi evergreen shrub with variegated leaves. It blooms off and on through out the year. Mine usually starts blooming in early spring. And since it is a daphne, the flowers smell fantastic. Not as strong as a Daphne odora, but is still super fragrant. A web search will say they get to be 3-4 feet tall and wide. It likes sun to part shade.

I have had this shrub for about 5 years. Its first 2 years with me were spent in its pot, where it bloomed sporadically through out the whole year, but never really gained much in size. It stayed small, about 2 feet tall and 1 1/2 feet wide. Finally, I decided to plant in some dirt at my mom’s house. I put it in full sun and even gets reflected light and heat because it is by the side of the house. This plant went crazy! After 1 year, Summer Ice had more than tripled in size! It now is 4 1/2 feet tall and as wide. This is an awesome plant! Its pretty with its variegated leaves and lacy type foliage and the flowers are even better. The perfect place for this plant is in sun to part shade, in well drained soil. The soil is important because if it doesn’t drain well, the plant will slowly die, branch by branch. And you want Summer Ice to have as many branches as possible because more branches mean more flowers!

The one I planted at my mom’s is now too big of a plant to dig up and plant in my new yard. And since she now apparently thinks its hers, I bought a new Summer Ice. It will be planted in full sun against a fence. I’m giving it lots of space so it can become the flower covered, beautiful shrub that my first one was.

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1 comment to Daphne Summer Ice by Lindsey

  • Elaine Sawyer

    I can’t wait to get my own summer ice! I’m daphne-less right now and I’m missing that scent.

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