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Uses of Rose Daphne

The name “Daphne” has been bestowed on several roses over time. Two are available today from heirloom rose suppliers: a light pink-flowered hybrid musk rose (Rosa “Daphne”), which grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6b through 10b, and a deep pink Gallica rose (Rosa “Daphne”), which grows in USDA zones 4b through 8b. The Gallica is sometimes also known as “Don de l’Amite.” Both roses can be used in several ways.
  1. Hybrid Musk Uses

    • The light pink, semi double hybrid musk, “Daphne,” was launched in 1912. It is a relatively short rose, with a maximum height of 2 to 4 feet and a similar maximum spread. You can use it for a standalone or specimen planting, but is also effective when combined in a mixed bed with annuals, perennials and other flowering shrubs. “Daphne” might be grown in a large container as well. Hybrid musks, with their repeat blooming habit, are also a good choice to use in flowering hedges.

    Gallica Uses

    • “Daphne,” the Gallica rose, was launched in 1819, and would be a smart choice for a bed or border dedicated to heirloom roses. Because it is a 4- to 5-foot-tall once-bloomer, you might consider adding interest by planting flowering vines close to the rose’s base and allowing the vine to climb upward through the rose canes. In common with other Gallicas, “Daphne” is fragrant and would work well in a fragrance garden. Like its namesake hybrid musk, the Gallica “Daphne” can be used in mixed planting schemes, with companion perennials and annuals supplying interest when the rose is not in bloom.


    • All roses, including the two “Daphne” varieties flourish best in areas with at least six hours of sun per day. Gallica varieties tend to be more shade tolerant and the Gallica “Daphne” will produce flowers with slightly less light. Both types require rich, loamy soil, well amended with compost or other organic material. Do not plant either rose in a spot that is permanently damp. Prune the Gallica rose after it blooms, unless a fall display of hips is part of the garden plan. Prune the hybrid musk “Daphne” lightly after each flush of bloom.


    • The choice of which "Daphne" rose to use in a specific situation depends on garden requirements. If you live in USDA zones 9 through 10, choose the hybrid musk variety, which also provides more garden interest, due to its repeat blooming habit. The hybrid musk "Daphne" is also somewhat more suitable for smaller gardens and possibly container growing. In colder climates, choose the more cold-tolerant Gallica "Daphne, which is also a better choice for sites and situations where you need a large shrub.