Monthly Archives: February 2019

AGM 6th February 2019

The Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 6th February at 8pm in Howth Yacht Club and will be followed by an illustrated talk by Darren Ellis of Birdwatch Ireland entitled “Ireland’s Garden Birds”.

This will be Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society’s 75th Annual General Meeting, so we would like to invite all our members to come and celebrate our 75th birthday with a glass of bubbly and a slice of birthday cake!

Thank you for your continued support of the society. 

Members only event

Shrubs of the Month – February

This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Mahonia japonica
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Mahonia japonica

A handsome species from China and Taiwan, although plants are now only found in cultivation, this is one of the most popular winter-flowering evergreen shrubs. It makes a bold, colourful highlight when its remarkable leaves, up to 40cm (16in) long, glow rich reddish-purple in the winter garden, followed before the spring by the long terminal clusters of lemon-yellow blooms which smell of lily-of-the-valley. Plants withstand shade, but need some protection from frost and wind to avoid leaf and bud scorch. Flowers last well in water when cut. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Viburnum x burkwoodii

Also known as X Osmarea burkwoodii, this high-quality shrub is a hybrid between two equally superb species, O. decorus and O. delavay, long cultivated as specimen shrubs and durable hedging. Their hybrid combines all their best qualities dense foliage and bushy growth, making a solid hedge or screen in less exposed gardens. Its attractive dark colouring is ideal as a background, and the white, pretty, jasmine-like flowers have a sweet fragrance that carries for great distances. Protect from cold north-east winds which can scorch the foliage. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).