Skimmia (Skimmia Japonica) is one of the unsung heroes of the garden and a great, low maintenance all-rounder – making it November’s Plant of the Month.
It’s a small, evergreen shrub with neat, aromatic dark green leaves and clusters of flower buds, which will add colour and texture to your winter garden.
Skimmia is in the plant family Rutaceae, which also includes the citrus fruits, lemon, orange and grapefruit. Although Skimmia doesn’t produce anything edible, it does share a similar aromatic leaf.
It flowers in April and May, providing a vital source of food for insects and making it particularly useful in a wildlife garden. However, Skimmia’s tidy, evergreen nature makes a great winter plant allowing you to create colour, structure and fragrance in garden styles ranging from contemporary, minimalist spaces to picturesque cottage gardens.