At this time of year it is very tempting to cut all of your winter berries from your garden for decorations. However, it is really important to leave some of them for the wildlife that is in your garden. The glorious colours of orange in this cotoneaster berry are just the tip of the iceberg. Colour go from whites to purples and pinks to black. The options are almost endless.
The RSPB suggests a range of trees and shrubs with winter berries to use in the garden. These include ole favourites such as roses, dogwoods and berberis. The RHS also recommends a number of shrubs for autumn and winter berries including the stunning Callicarpa bodinieri with its amazing iridescent purple fruits. So don’t forget those who are stuck out in the cold at this time of year and leave some winter berries in the garden.
Dont forget that it is not just berries that are good for wildlife and general winter interest. Nuts provide food for squirells and other small native mamals. Also seeds from annuals and perennials also attract smaller birds.