Daphne are deciduous or evergreen shrubs which are grown for their 4-lobed, often fragrant flowers. These are tubular in shape, appear in clustered heads and vary in colour from reds to pinks. Daphne leaves are simpy ovate and can be covered in subtle silky hairs. Spherical fruits may follow the flowers and are deep red in colour. Daphne are a perfect shrub either for a border or a rockery and do not require pruning. They should be planted in moderately-fertile soil and they do prefer slightly alkaline soil - this can be achieved by adding some garden lime.