Not every plant in the garden has to be a show stopper, if you were producing a west end show, you would always have a background set otherwise the stars of the show wouldn’t look quite so impressive.
Well skimmias are your background or chorus line plants. Without them everything else looks a little bare!
They’re also tolerant and easy to look after plants too, they just need a little shade from the worst of the summer sun (although mine is thriving in full on sunshine) and a little protection from the prevailing winds.
On top of that, they do have their moment in the spotlight, pretty flowers and in the winter red berries. If you have a male and female plants on hand (a bit like holly’s require).
We’ve used them in: