Day 15: berberis

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Loathed by gardeners for its evil thorns that will penetrate the thickest of gloves (just look at them!), the berberis makes a pretty impenetrable hedge. But there’s no denying the many varieties are also rather beautiful, evergreens such as this Berberis verruculosa providing dense growth which clips well (but again, ouch), often with rich colour before the leaves drop. A close cousin of mahonia, also with edible fruits, though harvesting them is probably more trouble than its worth.

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