Daphne tends to grow best in porous soil. One can amend the soil by digging a much larger hole than needed and filling it in with a porous, organic soil mixture before resting her in and surrounding her roots with the same mix. Plant her “high” so you can see about an inch or two of the roots. She likes to have at least 3 hours of shade each day (midday, preferably).
Minimal amounts of water in the summer will encourage flowering the following year.
Our Daphne’s are now flourishing, but only after a couple of “disappointments”.
Then, we learned that Daphne likes to have the soil around her roots shaded. We have a flush of violets which come to life as the Daphne flowers begin to fade and their bright green leaves protect her shy root soil!
What a lovely symbiosis!