Plant of the Week: Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
Some plants in the garden earn their keep over and over, and skimmias are among the best of them all. There's never a time when these neat, evergreen shrubs don't look fantastic, from late autumn and winter's sprays of cherry red flowerbuds through spring fountains of fragrant white flowers to summer, when its handsome red-margined green foliage comes to the fore.
'Rubella' is a male variety of skimmia, so doesn't form berries, but those jewel-like flowerbuds are just as pretty and produced without needing a partner so it's an ideal choice for smaller gardens or containers. It's also very easy-going and prefers a little shade – ideal for brightening up those tricky corners.
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