x-Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana
Skimmias are one of the finest plants for autumn and winter interest, brightening up any shady corner, they are equally at home in borders or strategically placed containers making them perfect for any garden whatever the size or location.
Skimmia japonica subsp. Reevesiana has been justifiably popular for many years. A small, spreading female shrub that during the winter produces long lasting clusters of bright pillar box red berries, these are nestled amongst its dark evergreen leaves. Spring is celebrated by this hard working skimmia with deliciously fragrant white flowers.
For the best display, plant skimmia in full sun or partial shade, in any soil, although a rich, moist, but well drained spot is best - plants may become chlorotic on very poor, dry soil. Add plenty of organic matter to the planting hole to give plants a boost. Plants need no real pruning, a simple, light trim after flowering will help keep plants in shape - skimmia almost thrive on neglect so are ideal plants for low maintenance gardeners! They also cope well with pollution making them good plants for city gardens.
Perfect for lighting up a shady spot or at the front of a border, grow Skimmia japonica subsp. Reevesiana with other winter interest shrubs, such as sarcoccoca and lonicera or with early spring bulbs like winter aconites, snowdrops and early crocus. They are the perfect ingredient in seasonal containers and make lovely Christmas pots, planted with cyclamen, by the front door.