PLANT OF THE WEEK
PRUNUS MUME ‘BENI-CHIDORI’
One of the first fruit blossoms to grace our gardens is the Japanese apricot, also known as plum blossom.
In Asian culture, they are one of the Three Friends of Winter, the other two being bamboo and pine – plants that stand firm through winter – and symbolise steadfastness and perseverance.
The best variety for your garden is Beni-chidori, a compact shape that is suitable for smaller spaces and is covered in rich pink blooms on naked stems in February.
What’s really great is the sweet fragrance from these round blossoms – a mid-winter delight. Plant in full sun or partial shade in most soils that are moist but well-drained.
Ideal also as a container plant on a patio or balcony.