Posted: 15/12/2013 at 11:32
mahonia charity, for me, is very pleasant.
there are dwarf types, albeit a little spreading, but i think they are not really pot plants. They can be drastically pruned back to keep smallish....I have rejuvenated Charity from a straggly poor flowering 12' to a handsome 7' bushy flowering plant in 3 years. As a pot plant I think they have issues....prickly so not nice by the front door, they seem to over react to periods of drought or over watering and their leaf drop is not pleasant
for winter scent, for winter colour and for nice variegation I would grow daphne odoraureomarginata.