Saturday, 21 April 2007


Ruth suggested a skimmia for Ollie and I saw LOADS in a garden centre last Sunday. Decided to do a little reasearch before I picked one. The type mentioned here sounds like it might be good...

There are numerous lovely skimmias, generally from the Himalayas and the Far East, and these form evergreen shrubs of varying heights. Most are dioecious, meaning they have male and female flowers on different plants, and both sexes must be planted to ensure a crop of fruits. The subspecies reevesiana is an hermaphrodite and will therefore produce plenty of berries if planted on its own, although the display is even better with a male pollinator nearby. The berries, bright red in conspicuous clusters, last all autumn and winter, often until the neat shrubs are in bloom again.

Will have a look tomorrow when we are going to another garden centre :)


RUTH said...

Good choice; I hope you find one you like.

talj said...

Hope you get the one you want :o)