Can anyone recommend an easy to grow, low maintenance evergreen shrub for a half barrel container, ideally that attracts bees, etc?
Mahonia genus. These are evergreen shrubs which have short racemes of fragrant, rounded, bell-shaped, yellow flowers on tall species; some cultivars have deep fissured bark. They are fully to half hardy and will prefer shade or semi-shade with fertile well drained but not too dry soil.
Woody perennials, Evergreens, Fragrants
E. Asia N.C. America
Grown for their foliage and bark. Large mahonias make good specimen plants; low growing ones are excellent for ground cover. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects.
They will require a sunny aspect and well-drained, fertile soil with adequate water. In a warmer climate they do better in shade or partial-shade.
You can propagate the species by leaf-bud, semi-ripe cuttings, or basal suckers in summer or by seed in autumn. Selected forms should be propagated by leaf-bud or semi-ripe cuttings only.
Rust and mildew may become a problem.
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