This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Though all the Daphnes delight in a peaty soil, and are sometimes associated with American plants with the most charming effect, they are not usually classed with them, seeing that they are found, with one or two exceptions, to be equally at home in ordinary gardens and shrubberies. One of the most important of these exceptions is that of D. eneorum, which, if we would see its beauties fully developed, must be liberally supplied with peat; and well does it deserve the best place and the kindliest treatment that can be given it, as there is not a lovelier gem among hardy shrubs. It is a native of Switzerland and several other countries in central Europe; evergreen, with a dense, twiggy, procumbent habit, rarely rising above one foot from the ground; the leaves are small, of a lanceolate form, sharply pointed, and of a light shining green colour; it flowers about the beginning of May, every twig producing its terminal cluster of deliciously-scented, rosy-pink blossoms. The berries are pure white, but rarely if ever come to perfection in this country.
Of several varieties, two are sufficiently distinct to be worthy of special notice. The one called elegans or variegatus has smaller leaves, narrowly margined with yellow; and the other, majus, with a more robust and compact habit, larger and deeper-coloured flowers, and blooming earlier than the species, is a most useful plant for spring-bedding, and invaluable for potting for the early decoration of the conservatory. All the sorts have a pretty effect in rockeries, or as margin-plants, and are unsurpassed for massing by themselves in permanent beds.