Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ is a popular variety of this architectural evergreen. From November through to March it produces long spikes of lightly scented yellow flowers which are much appreciated during a season where few other plants are in flower. The foliage is very dramatic, large, dark green and similar in appearance to holly. Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ is a valuable plant for pollinating insects, providing a source of nectar insects during winter. The flowers are followed by ornamental purple/blue berries that attract birds to your garden. ‘Charity’ is a lovely variety of Mahonia, creating a focal point in a shady border or woodland garden but will tolerate sun if the soil is kept moist. A plant that truly provides all year round interest.
Dig a hole large and deep enough to take the plant’s root ball.
Gently tap the plant out of its pot without disturbing the soil around the roots.
Position the plant in the hole so the plant’s crown is level with the surface and sits at the same depth as it was in the pot; make sure the roots are in direct contact with the soil.
Backfill with the excavated soil and firm in gently.
Water to settle the soil around the roots.
Watering: Water regularly in the first few weeks after planting but don’t overwater. The plants will send their roots down in search of moisture as they grow.
Feeding: Give plants a boost if necessary with a handful of granular feed hoed into the soil in spring.
Pruning: Mahonia x media Charity needs no regular pruning.
On established plants remove some of the old stems and cut back if necessary to rejuvenate leggy mahonias. The cut stems are bright yellow, which can sometimes come as a shock when you first cut into them!
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