Although most varieties are hardy, Daphnes will only thrive in a sheltered spot and grow more reliably in the South and West. D. Odora, the Daphne illustrated above left is the most hardy, H4 which is -5-10 although much depends on the position of the plant. Daphne is difficult to graft and propagate, which means they are difficult to produce. As a result, the shrubs are more expensive than some other shrubs. Given the expense, and that Daphnes are tricky to grow, it is important to plant the right place.
Daphnes like moist but well drained soil and will not tolerate either being water logged or drought. Daphne need a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, if it is sandy add organic matter. A heavy clay soil may not be ideal and the most tolerant of clay soil are Daphne laureola and D. Mezereum.
All Daphnes will do best in a sheltered spot with sun, although D laureola will tolerate shade. Daphnes are not suitable to grow in container and dislike being pruned. Avoid pruning unless absolutely necessary and then only after flowering. Daphne is slow growing shrubs, it can take 7-10 years to reach mature size and then only around 3-5 feet depending on the variety. Daphnes are mostly winter or spring flowering.
It is important to plant Daphne in the correct place as Daphnes do not tolerate being moved, so choose the best, sheltered spot at the outset.