Many gardens in Escambia County are showing the signs of cold damage but there are plants that are adapted to seasonal changes in weather. The ‘Marvel’ Mahonia is an attractive evergreen that is actually blooming now. If temps were warmer bees would certainly be visiting flowers. Berries will follow that are attractive to birds. This is a great evergreen for shady locations.
‘Marvel’ Mahonia yellow flowers are attractive to pollinators if temperatures are milder. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County
Plants will grow to about 6 feet in height with a spread of 3 -4 feet. Make sure soils has some moisture during the growing season and plants are shaded during the warmer months of the year. Look for this Mahonia at your favorite nursery.