Day 7: mahonia

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


With its holly-like leaflets and often tall, imposing stature, Mahonia stands about for much of the year looking like a prickly garden cousin of the nightclub bouncer. It’s in the depths of winter that this shrub really comes into its own, with its long plumes of acid yellow flowers being one of the few sources of nectar for those pollinators hardy enough to brave the colder months, such as the buff-tailed bumblebee.

Read more about mahonias here

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