Further Information about Skimmia Hedging

A member of the Rutaceae family, skimmia hedge plants are closely related to the rue family, often characteristically producing flowers that split into four or five parts, richly scented and very welcome in Winter and Spring.

Ideal for planting in a sandy or loam based soil, most varieties of skimmia prefer minimal exposure to direct sunlight. They can also tolerate chalky soils that are incorporated with decomposing organic matter.

Currently we offer:

  • Skimmia Rubella. The skimmia rubella hedge is particularly well known due to its characteristic growth of delicate bunches of small white or yellow-tinged flowers. The leaves of the plant themselves produce a mild aroma, with shiny red berries forming after the flowering season. With a skimmia rubella hedge, you can expect a plant that remains evergreen, with additional spots of colour depending on the changing of seasons.
  • Skimmia Kew Green. A versatile and handsome evergreen plant, the deep green foliage is perfectly complemented by the understated creamy flowers in late winter.

Growth Rate for Skimmia Hedge Plants

Skimmia hedging has a generally average growth rate of up to 20-40cm per year, depending on external conditions. Unlike many other hedging varieties, they are incapable of growing to extreme heights, therefore making them an easily manageable option. The maximum spread and height of the hedge ranges from 0.5m to 1.5m and can reach its ultimate growth in up to 10-20 years.

Care for your Skimmia Hedging

Skimmia hedges are fairly low-maintenance plants as long as they are planted in the right conditions. Due to their hardiness, they can survive in most locations around the UK, including through heavy winters. Generally preferring spots that are less impacted by sunlight, in partial or full shade, skimmia will thrive in a moist, but well-drained soil. We recommend planting your hedge in low-maintenance banks or slopes, or alternatively situating them against your patio.

When pruning your evergreen skimmia, you will have to commit to caring for your shrub during mid to late spring. We suggest focusing primarily on the removal of dead growth and any unhealthy or diseased shoots. For further information, take a look at our guide for hedge maintenance and the ideal time to cut a hedge.

While skimmia plants are generally disease-free, they are occasionally susceptible to damage from pests, including from Glasshouse red spider mites and horse chestnut scale. Dealing with both types of pest can be done relatively easily through the use of a variety of methods, such as biological, cultural and pesticide controls. WIth horse chestnut scale, the damage caused by the pest may seem unsightly but skimmia nymans is capable of dealing with large scale infestations without any significant impact on the plant itself.

Please contact our team for more advice on pest and disease control if you are new to hedge maintenance.

Skimmia Hedge Planting Density

Our skimmia hedges are available for purchase in pots which can be planted at 3-5 plants per metre to allow for sufficient growth. Alternatively, higher densities can be grown in a zig-zag form or in a double staggered row.

Are you a gardening beginner? Take a look at our page on How To Plant A Hedge for general advice on hedge planting.

Why Choose Hopes Grove Nurseries?

Established in 1992, Hopes Grove Nurseries are specialist providers of hundreds of hedging species to locations throughout the UK. Our nurseries range over 50 acres, with each plant grown with dedication and care until they are ready for delivery directly to your doorstep.

While garden centres may supply a limited selection of hedging, you are not always guaranteed a product that is premium quality and available in a range of sizes. With Hopes Grove, you can find top-level hedges in potted, bare root and rootball varieties.

If you’re interested in our skimmia hedges, take a look at our range above or get in touch with our friendly team today.