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Mahonias are a fantastic late flowering shrub so are great for providing that all important colour when most other plants are dying back and fading into the background. Their handsome, spiky foliage remains all year round and requires very little attention other than the occasional trim to maintain shape.
The Lily-of-the-Valley scented flowers appear from late autumn and into winter. These flowers, which are yellow in most varieties, are adored by pollinators. The blue berries which follow after flowering are a favourite treat for garden birds too. Mahonias are a particularly good evergreen shrub for UK climates as they are hardy to temperatures as low as -15°.
Most varieties are happiest in full shade but will perform well in partial sun. They aren’t fussy about soil types but are best suited to a woodland setting. Due to their spiky thorns, Mahonias make for a great security hedge when planted around a perimeter.
One of the most well-known varieties in Mahonia x media 'Charity'. This tall, handsome shrub is a great year-round focal point for a shady spot.