Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' is one of those plants vigorously marketed by garden
centres at this time of year. And why not? It's an excellent evergreen shrub for acid soil, and will grow well in a pot if your soil isn't suitable.
The beauty of this shrub is its superb display of flowers, which appear in December with deep pink buds. These open out in January or February to palest pink,
and persist on the plant for a long time. Such a good value plant to brighten up the cold winter months!