Photo from April 2010. I've noticed Skimmia 'Kew Green' in our local garden centre recently, but it seemed less common years back when we got this specimen - I think we had to go to Harlow Carr in Harrogate to find one. It's handsome and its flowers, appearing in springtime, are beautifully scented.

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Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'

I've noticed some rather pale-leaved and sickly-looking Skimmia in front gardens. I always assumed that this paleness was a result of soil conditions - I read that skimmia prefer soil on the acidic side, and this one is in a pot of ericaceous compost. However I now think the paleness is a result of being a sunny position, as mine began to look similarly anaemic when the pot was moved to the brighter end of the garden. After being relocated back into the shadier Kitchen Corner its leaves have now returned to their handsome darker green.