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28/04/2009


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BERBERIS

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea loses its leaves in winter but looks amazing at this time of year with its coat of attractive purple/green leaves and delicate yellow umbels.

A year or so back we gave this shrub a severe prune, but has returned to reign supreme!



This prickly shrub provides berries for birds through autumn to winter and makes great ground cover and a safe nesting site too. Bees will be attracted to the flowers.

A good value for money shrub which will provide interest in the garden all year round. Does need a prune once in a while to keep at a desired height and a good shape.

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6 comments:

daffy said...

Lovely strong 'Royal' colours, the purple and greens. I think it looks lovely!
Any delicate flowers are not doing so well in these winds we have at the moment! Is it windy with you? My dad is complaining because all his tulips have lost their heads!

Gina said...

It looks beautiful..gorgeous colour..I must prune mine later this year..it's nowhere near as impressive!

Suburbia said...

I've never been keen on this plant but in your first photo it looks beautiful!

Lori at Jarvis House said...

It is very interesting to see what is growing in your English garden. I have always thought that some of the gardens on the north shore of Long Island, where I live resemble English gardens. We have slightly different plants, but a similar zone with a bit of snow. We have arboretums here that were planted about 100 years ago, and I am sure they were patterned after European designs.

Re said...

That first photograph is really stunning.

Heather said...

Love the colour contrasts in that first photo.