Daphne Carol Mackie - two down
I have a spot in my front yard where I planted a small Daphne Carol Mackie. It did very well for the first 3-4 years. Then we had a massive blizzard and the weight of the snow caused some of the major branches to crack, and the plant died the following summer.
I replanted another Daphne Carol Mackie the next year. It was small (12") and over the next two years it did well, growing to about three times in diameter. Blossoms were beautiful. Then, this past summer, the branches started wilting (turning brown) one by one, until the whole plant was kaput.
Another note, I had planted Vinka around the bed, spaced a bit from the Mackie.
The spot gets full afternoon sun, once the sun comes over the back of the house.
I am hesitant to try another Mackie unless I know what caused the first two to die. The soil is a bit clayey deep down, but I mixed in a good plant soil before planting. Else, can someone suggest another shrub. My requirements are to have slow growing shrubs. I redid my entire front yard about 10 years ago with low maintenance, slow growing plants and I love it.