Skimmia 'Olympic Flame'
- Position: partial to full shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: pinkish-white
- Other features: female plant producing red berries
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Well-shaped domes of neat, evergreen foliage are topped with pretty clusters of scented, pale pink flowers in spring. As these fade, glossy red berries will develop if there is a male Skimmia nearby. These fruits last well into winter, making this shrub a seasonal joy. It will happily grow in a pot filled with ericaceous compost on a patio or balcony, as long as it is not left to bake in full sun all day, and is kept well watered during the growing season. Alternatively, it makes a wonderful under-storey in a woodland setting, or will add structure to a mixed border.
- Garden care: Lightly trim after flowering, if necessary. To improve the moisture retention qualities of the soil add plenty of well-rotted compost when planting.
Use the following notes as a guide when pruning trees, shrubs and climbers in your garden during the month of March. I’ve included timely advice on Abeliophyllum, Artemesia, Brachyglottis, Brunfelsia, Buddleja, Ceanothus, Clematis, Colutea, Cotinus, Daphne, Eccremocarpus, Elsholtzia, ...Read full article