Can anyone recommend an easy to grow, low maintenance evergreen shrub for a half barrel container, ideally that attracts bees, etc?
Gaultheria genus (Canada Ted). This genus consists of shrubs and sub shrubs the leaves are attractive, glossy and fragrant when crushed. The flowers are bell-shaped in pink or white shades. The fruits are also aromatic and berry-like. They are fully to half hardy, and will require shade or semi-shade with moist, peaty acidic soil. You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, or by seeds in the autumn.
Asia and S.America
Grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits. Good for ground cover.
Provided soil is permanently moist, will tolerate sun.
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn or, for G.shallon and G.trichophylla, by division in autumn or spring.
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