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Berry beautiful

As autumn arrives, new plants come to the fore. Berry-bearing trees and shrubs burst into life bringing with them intense colours and a new dimension to the garden. Much of the fruit and berries that arrive now will last well into the winter months providing not only interest for us but also much needed food for birdlife and wildlife.

Elderberries, rosehip, crab apples and firethorns all come into their own around now. Evergreen shrubs that have been in the background, giving structure to the garden, gain momentum now bringing autumnal flowers and berries.

Skimmia’s are excellent autumn shrubs which enjoy life in a border or a pot. Viburnum davidii produce an intriguing berry with a metallic look. And Gaultheria mucronata are ideal in a pot surrounded by winter pansies, violas, ivy and heathers.

To bring height to your border, introduce a trellis for a firethorn to creep up. Ornamental trees are wonderful if you have a little more space – consider a crab apple tree or a rowan.

Visit your local Homebase store for our full range of autumnal shrubs and trees or browse online, now.

Top tips:

  • Pots make excellent homes for shrubs which is ideal if you have a smaller space or want to bring interest to your patio area.
  • In winter, raise your pots onto feet so that the roots of your plants can drain easily.
  • Some plants have male and female varieties and it’s not always both that develop berries - research your choice before you decide.

Companion plants

There are lots of autumn plants and shrubs that will work together well to bring you garden to life this autumn, try some of the following:

  • Beauty Berry
  • Carex ‘Evergold’
  • Elderberries
  • Heathers
  • Holly
  • Pansies
  • Roses with colourful hips
  • Rowan (Sorbus varieties)
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Skimmia ‘Magic Marlot’
  • Viola
  • Viburnum

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