Skimmias are evergreen shrubs that are wonderful for their multi-season displays but they come into their own in winter. Skimmia varieties in stock include White Globe, Perosa, Finchy and Marlot. Their glossy leaves provide a lovely foil to their fragrant white or yellowish flowers in April and May, and long-lasting winter berries.
Most Skimmia varieties are either male or female; meaning you need to grow two different varieties to ensure the females produce their bright red berries. There are some hermaphrodite, self-fertile varieties so only 1 plant is needed for fruit to develop, although even these will produce more fruit if a male is grown close by.
Skimmias prefer a position in shade and can even tolerate positions in deep shade. Definitely avoid planting in full sun, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow. They are very well suited to growing in containers.