Day 254: snowberry

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


We’ve arrived at that time of year where I concede that there might be some point in the exsitence of the snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) – at least for the gardener. I’m sure its ecological value in its native woodlands of the United States and Canada is unassailable, but for most of the year in the UK this honeysuckle relative is a suckering nuisance, throwing up stubborn stems all over the place and doing a very good impression of a straggly thicket (though I have managed to clip it tightly in one garden, so nothing’s impossible). But now come the berries – so valued by the floral artist – and I find I’m tempted to overlook its unruly behaviour. Sucker. 

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