Re: shrubs for shade garden with winter interest
Skimmia, all kinds, are wonderful and showy, but unfortunately they don’t much like my zone 7 garden, and several have left me without a word. But, just yesterday, I was down in the back of the garden and discovered a lovely acuba with large and shiny red berries — it was hiding behind a tattered old schip laurel, and has survived our horrible winter without so much as a blemish. I wish I could say the same for the schip laurel hedge!
Other things I cherish for winter colour are camellia sasanqua, and thanks to some new breeding they are a lot hardier than they used to be. The buds on one of mine survived all three of our blizzards, and are now blooming away — a little smaller than usual, but very pretty.