Skimmia are fantastic plants for December. Their lush evergreen leaves, and the rich clusters of berries of the female plants, make for stunning additions to both outdoor winter garden displays and to arrangements to bring indoors. Skimmia are perfect for our Plant of the Month for December here at Botanic Home & Garden Centre , and we hope you consider choosing them for your garden this winter. We have 10% off all varieties of Skimmia for the month of December this year.
Skimmia are quite hardy, evergreen plants. Similar to holly, which is so revered for it’s berries this time of the year also, Skimmia are separated into male and female plants. Both have gorgeous clumps of delicate, often highly scented, long-lasting flowers from late winter to early summer. Only the female plants however produce the gorgeous red berries this time of year. Therefore if you buy a female plant such as Skimmia japonica ‘Pabella’, it’s a good idea to also plant a male plant nearby to provide pollen. There are some stunning varieties of male plants, including Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’, whose dark leaves and deep red flowers provide enough interest to make up for the lack of berries. There are also some hermaphroditic varieties of Skimmia available, such as Skimmia japonica ‘Obsession’ and Skimmia japonica ‘Reevesiana ‘. These contain both male and female parts and will self-pollinate and produce berries. Often the budding flowers of Skimmia appear alongside the berries, making for an extra splash in your displays.
How to Grow
While Skimmia are considered quite hardy, they will thrive best if planted in rich soil. Ensure your soil is adequately mulched, and consider giving your plant a feed if the leaves begin to turn yellow. This may happen also to a Skimmia planted in containers with too much sun exposure. Ensure potted plants have enough water and compost, and consider moving the pot to a less sun-exposed position if yellowing of the leaves continues to occur. Skimmia do not require acidic soils. Skimmia don’t need regular pruning, but you may wish to prune back unruly off-shoots to maintain the plants shape.
Skimmia are a great alternative to holly in winter containers, and small plants look stunning in pots along with cyclamen, pansies, ivy and calocephalus. For Skimmia planted in shrub beds and borders, they look stunning alongside rhododendrons, hellebores and heathers. Wherever you choose to plant your Skimmia this winter, we hope you make the most of our 10% off all Skimmias offer this December at Botanic Home & Garden.