Once a month we will highlight a plant that is both suitable and stylish for the traditional Auckland garden. This month our plant is : 

Skimmia 'Japonica Rogersii' :

I recently discovered this little gem while researching plants for a new design, and was excited to view it first hand. This elegant flowering evergreen shrub boasts rounded glossy green leaves with scented flowers that range in colour from cream to white, followed by red fruit. Originating from south east Asia, this compact sophisticated plant tolerates a wide range of soil and weather conditions. Best suited as either an ornamental shrub or in mass planting, the Skimmia will add that exotic touch to your Auckland garden.