Posted: 25/04/2017 at 18:44
Interesting, I thought I'd replied. Must have forgotten to press go
Landscapers may be knowledgeable plantspeople but more often they're not. It's not what the job calls for.
I think your assessment re the sun is more likely to be correct. They're not plants for dry soil in sun and they're bound to be too dry sometimes in pots.
Personally I think they look better in acid soil or ericaceous compost but some people don't seem to mind the yellow. I'd hold off on the cutting.
If any skimmia experts advise you, listen to them. I am extrapolating from my experience of plants in general and only know skimmias in other people's gardens