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Hello,

I have a fairly small garden and my main objective is to make it as bee and wildlife friendly as possible. I know that Mahonias are great sources of early nectar for bees and would love to grow one for that reason alone (not actually a huge lover of it otherwise, though the scent and evergreen structure are valuable ). However due to lack of a suitable space for it I was wondering whether it might be possible to grow one in a large pot.

I know that they don't really need pruning but would pruning actually harm it and when/how would I prune? Thanks! 

Hi obelixx,

 

That is a lovely plant but my garden is not very well sheltered and is a rather shady North- facing, so I doubt it would be happy with us. That's another reason for the Mahonia choice: good in shade and pretty tough. Thanks, though! I will remember that one if we ever move to a bigger place.

 

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