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makes a nature–friendly boundary and can be filled with shrubs that offer food and shelter to birds, mammals and insects.
SPECTACULAR: The spindle bush (Euonymus alatus) produces crimson leaves in autumn, while the hydrangea (right) will remain in bloom throughout the season UNUSUAL: Callicarpa Bodinieri 'Profusion'' produces colourful autumn berries TROPICAL: The Japanese Aralia (Fatsia Japonica) COMPACT: Viburnum opulus
has white flowers in summer and red berries in autumn
SPLASH OF COLOUR: Euonymus Alatus, above, and Viburnum Opulus
, left and far left
Heavenly bamboo Hippophae rhamnoides Pernettya Pyracantha coccinea Callicarpa bodinieri Euonymus europaeus Viburnum opulus
Consider planting some native shrubs and trees such as Acer campestre (Field Maple), Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn), Ilex aquifolium (English Holly), Malus prunifolia (Crab apple), Euonymus europaeus (Spindle), Viburnum opulus
(Guelder rose) and the non-native Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight' (Butterfly bush).
Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus
) ( This native deciduous shrub is particularly striking at this time of year with its red berries and green leaves, which are turning to an autumnal shade of orangey red.
Another early bloomer this year is viburnum opulus
, the Guelder rose (above right), which, if it is allowed to reach maturity, will grow to about 12ft with a spread of 8-10ft.
Shrubs that are tolerant of heavy clay include dogwood, which has bright coloured stems and Viburnum opulus
that produces snowball-like clusters of white flowers in spring followed by jewel-like berries.
Shrub reveals so much about currant affairs 6 Viburnum opulus
, our native guelder rose, is a shrub for all seasons.
Its cousin, Viburnum opulus
is a real stunner with a rich yellow autumn colour and its clusters of shiny red berries, making it a must-have.