- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: the fruits can cause a mild stomach ache if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Flattened heads of tubular, white flowers in May, followed by metallic, turquoise-blue fruit, and distinctively veined, dark green leaves. This compact, evergreen shrub is an attractive groundcover plant for the front of a border in sun or partial shade. Forming a low, dome-like shape, it's an important visual 'anchor' for taller perennials and shrubs.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. To retain a neat,dome-like shape cut back to strong stems or the base of the plant
- Please note: both male and female plants are needed to produce berries but unfortunately we cannot guarantee the sex of our plants.
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Q:Plants for an difficult area
HELP, please...... I have moved into one of those places where the front garden is just paving blocks (I do need to use it as I have no garage). I have managed to put in a curved triangular bed which is about 5 foot either side - I could increase this by another foot if it helps. The site is extremely windy, catches the frosts and only gets the sun in the late afternoon. Also rain runs down into this area. I am looking for ideas on what to plant......should I go for several small plants, or one specimen plant? Nothing can get taller than around 3 - 4 foot. I also plan to put some spring bulbs in, but I don't want to give myself too much work as I am a pensioner and on my own, and already have a reasonable sized back garden to cope with. Is this impossible or can you help me? Many thanks SueAsked on 18/3/2010 by Susan Chipchase
A:Hello Sue, This does sound like a pretty inhospitable situation, so you will need some tough plants - here are your best options. Cotoneaster horiontalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-horizontalis-/classid.1028/ Cotoneaster dammeri http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-dammeri-/classid.1021/ Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sarcococca/ Viburnum davidii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-davidii-/classid.8067/ Aucuba (which can be cut back hard when necessary) http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aucuba/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 18/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I use Berberis thunbergii f. 'Atropurpurea Nana' as an alternative to Box balls?
Good afternoon I have a client who wants to replace some Buxus balls in pots either side of an entrance door which have died. I am considering suggesting Berberis thunbergii f. 'Atropurpurea Nana' as an alternative (in v. large pots) and would be interested in your views and any other suggestions. The site is partially shady and the plants will not get watered often. Ideally I would be looking for specimen size plants, ideally shaped like balls. Do you have any in specimen sizes and at what price? Thank you Regards StuartAsked on 8/3/2010 by Part Timer
A:Hello Stuart, I'm afraid all plants will need to be kept well watered, especially when they are newly planted, or are confined to a pot. The Berberis (like the box) is certainly one of the tougher plants, but it is deciduous, so won't look great in winter. Alternatively, you could opt for any of the following, but we only sell the smaller sizes listed on the site. Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/sarcococca-confusa-/classid.4367/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ Viburnum davidii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-davidii-/classid.8067/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Viburnum davidii - male or female?
Hi I have just got my plant order, all seem in excellent order - thank you. The order contained a Viburnum davidii and the instructions say that to get fruit we need a male and a female. How do we know which we've got and how do we get one of the opposite sex please? (I've tried looking under the leaves!) Thanks for you help.Asked on 2/10/2009 by Bert Greenhalgh
A:Hello There, I'm afraid these plants are rarely sold as either male or female, and the only way to tell them apart is to get one of their tiny flowers under a magnifying glass. Therefore it is always a bit hit and miss as to what sex your's may be and if you will get berries. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What plants for a neglected patch?
Hello, We are trying to improve a rather nasty mud patch in our garden. It is in the shade and the soil is very, very dry - we have had to use a pick axe to turn it over. My question is what types of plants would be suitable for this terrain? Kind Regards, MarkAsked on 24/6/2009 by Mark Siddle
A:Hello Mark, All plants will need a degree of comfort, so the best thing to do would be to improve the soil by digging in as much organic matter as you can. Once you have done this you can plant tough, low maintenance things like Ajuga, Alchemilla mollia, Aucuba japonica, Berberis, Bergenia, Euonymus fortunei, Lamium, Sarcococca, Skimmia, Viburnum davidii or Vincas. It will be very important though that these are kept really well watered for at least the first year until they have had a chance to become established. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 26/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Why doesn't my Viburnum davidii produce berries?
I recently saw a Viburnum davidii with the bright blue berries in a local park, but mine has never produced any berries at all. Can you please tell me why?Asked on 12/3/2008 by Sue Reynolds
A:Viburnum davidii will only produce these attractive berries on female plants, and then only if they have a male plant nearby to cross pollinate with. They are rarely sold as 'male' or 'female' plants though, so there is a degree of luck involved as to which one you might get. The best way to ensure sucess is to plant them in clumps of three or five as this will increase your chances of getting both male and female plants.Answered on 8/3/2008 by Crocus
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