Position – Part Shade
Soil – Well drained
Flowering Period –Spring
Hardiness – Fully Hardy
Skimmia are compact evergreen shrubs with shiny strap-shaped, fragrant leaves and small clusters of white or yellow flowers that are followed on by glossy berries. The highly attractive foliage will produce exquisite year-long interest. Most have male and female flowers on separate plants. Skimmia are best suited to flower beds and borders within coastal, cottage and informal garden settings. You should expect to see Skimmia grow to an approximate height and spread of 1m (40”).
Skimmia are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of sand or loam within an acidic and neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of part shade as full sun can often scorch the foliage and full shade can cause these shrubs to become leggy. At the time of planting, add plenty of ericaceous compost to the soil and work in well, watering your Skimmia thoroughly once it has been placed in the planting hole.
Skimmia require very little care and can tolerate some level of neglect. If planted in an appropriate site with reasonable soil and water, it should not be necessary to prune or feed your shrub, making it the perfect choice for those with limited time. Keep the soil moist, increasing volumes of water provided during periods of drought.
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