Berberis is such a good all rounder – prickly enough to deter intruders, glorious flowers at this time of year and plentiful berries in autumn. We have 4 different varieties of Berberis – here’s the Julianae looking particularly good at the moment with it’s orange/yellow berries and shiny leaves.
Stenophylla is very similar but has an arching style (you can see a lot of it around at the moment with long arched branches with orange/yellow flower spikes on the ends of them) – it has narrow green leaves.
Both Julianae and Stenophylla are evergreens.
We also do two very popular deciduous varieties – Ottowensis x Auricoma has dark red leaves, yellow flowers and the leaves go a bright flame colour in the autumn.
The young foliage of Berberis Rose Glow is held on arching branches, initially purple, then developing pink, cream and silver variegation which last all summer before the autumn foliage turns glowing red before dropping.
It’s a complicated species because the different varieties are so very different (they only thing they’ve all got in common is that they are all prickly) so if you need advice on which one would be best for you, just ask the help desk team or see our ultimate guide to Berberis hedging plants.