It's a shame that I planted the Daphne Odora (aka Winter Daphne) way out back behind the garage and next to the compost pile. Fortunately though, I frequent the compost pile often so I do admire its winter charms. From what I've read about Daphne's temperamental nature, I dare not move it.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I came upon this plant at Home Depot two years ago and purchased it without really knowing anything about it. Chalk it up to pure luck that I planted it in a spot that it likes. And of all places, it is an area that still gives me headaches and I've yet come up with a satisfactory solution for it. This is an area behind our garage that is populated by a huge grove of mature hackberries. Very very dry and lots of shade. I can easily see why gardeners hate dry shade.
However, I'm learning what plants can tolerate dry shade and one of them seems to be Daphne Odora. Others include hellebores and epimedium. If you have other suggestions, do send them my way.
Because the ground is so hard here and the roots of the hackberry trees are quite invasive, I built a berm for the plants. This creates excellent drainage which is a must for daphne. It also means that the soil is even more drier. I've installed a drip system and this year I'm going to see if our plumber can hook us up a hydrant behind the garage.
The daphne seems to be oblivious to all these woes, however, and the fragrant blossoms have been blooming for weeks now.