Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Skim­mia Th­ese hardy shrubs make a state­ment in the win­ter gar­den with clus­ters of vi­brant red berries and ev­er­green leaves to pro­vide year-round in­ter­est.

Red-tinted flower buds of Skim­mia japon­ica on a frosty morn­ing look stun­ning in the bor­der or in pots, which de­velop into white or pink-tinted spring flow­ers.

Red fruits are borne on fe­male plants so you’ll need to plant a male and a fe­male to­gether, or a her­maph­ro­dite such as reevesiana if you want berries.

Other good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Veitchii’, which is fe­male, and the male type ‘Fra­grans’. S, japon­ica pre­fer full shade as their leaves turn yel­low in sun­shine.

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