The Skimmia Japonica (also known as the Japanese Skimmia) is this month’s plant of the month. This fragrant evergreen shrub grows up to 4 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide (or wider). Its spring flowers grow in clusters and the bright red berries it provides, though pretty, are poisonous in large amounts. Its leaves are in an oval shape, green and leathery with a yellow-green underside. For best results, plant this shrub in well-drained, acidic soils in partial to full shade. Be attentive to what area you plant this shrub because too much sunlight can burn the foliage and cause bleach marks. Frequent watering is necessary as this plant is not drought tolerant and its soil must remain moist at all times and should not be left to dry out. One of the benefits of having the Skimmia Japonica in your garden is that it does not require heavy pruning. This plant tends to grow very neatly on its own, however, a minimal amount of pruning should be done in the winter months while it is dormant. Be sure to visit us each month to learn more about your favorite plants!