Shrubs of the Month – October

OCTOBER
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.

Mutisia illicifolia
Photo courtesy of Karl Flynn

Mutisia illicifolia

A superb climbing plant with leathery, dark green leaves, Holly-like but ending in a long, slender tendril. The most attractive flowers, between 2 and 3 ins. across, are pale pink to mauve in colour. Although practically hardy, the plant is perhaps best grown in a cool (or even cold) greenhouse when it will be almost continuously in flower.

 

 

 

Ceratostigma spp.
Photo courtesy of Karl Flynn

Ceratostigma spp.

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