Shrubs of the Month – December

DECEMBER
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.

Ilex “Golden King”
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Ilex “Golden King”

Glossy leaves with grey-green mottled centres and bright, golden-yellow margins. Despite its confusing name this compact, evergreen shrub is a ‘female’ variety of holly producing reddish-brown autumn berries that ripen to red. One of the best golden variegated hollies, it’s a great specimen plant for a sunny shrub or mixed border. Supplied in a 2-3 litre conatiner at a height of 40-60cms.

 

 

Hammemellis mollis ‘pallida’
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Hammemellis mollis ‘pallida’

This hamamelis produces large, sulphur-yellow blooms with a delicate, sweet scent. They seem to glow in winter light.

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