If you like birds in your garden encourage them with appropriate plants.
Some birds like the seeds in the berry others are keen on the fruit as a whole. Fieldfare, redwings blackbirds thrush and sparrows are just some birds that like a berry good feed.
Deciduous Berry Bushes
- Berberia thunbergii will thrive in full sun producing small flowers and long lasting red berries.
- Dog woods like cornus alba will produce creamy white flowers followed by grey coloured berries. Cornus florida is a tree rather than shrub with red berries.
- Malus floribunda or Crab Apples are potentially very decorative and produce an abundance of fruit.
- Mountain Ash or Sorbus aucuparia is a small tree with sprays of orange or red berries in autumn.
- Viburnum trilobum has glossy leaves turning red in autumn. The berries are bright scarlet.
- Most of these berry bearing bushes have good autumn leaf colour. They all earn there place in the garden.
Other Berry Plants
- Cotoneasters horizontalis or the vertical Cotoneaster bullatus keep there berries into late winter when bird food is scarece.
- The Elder, Sambucus nigra has elderflowers that can be made into wine but then the black berries will not be there to feed the birds.
- Holly, Ilex aquifolium is a well known evergreen that needs a male and female plant to produce lush red berries.
- Ivy Hedera helix and Dog Roses also fruit for birds.
- Daphne mezereum and Honeysuckles are grown for the scented flowers but also produce berries.
- Pyracanth, Hawthorn, Blackthorn the list can continue for a longtime. Give the birds a treat and see what species you attract.