We Demand.......a Shrubbery!

Hi all,

I'm in the process or re doing my garden to make it as wildlife friendly as I can and get the most out of the space I have.

Currently having a dilemma about what shrubs to put in. Contoneaster and Pyracantha are on the list but I wonder if anyone can help with the below?

Cotoneaster - 

What species is best? I don't have a huge space around 2 -2.5m square so will have to prune. i've read that some berries are not as favored as others and want to make sure I get the best thing I can.

C. Lacteus was what I was thinking.

Pyracantha - 

This seems like a good option but the thorns are a worry. Are they a danger to young children?

Again what species is best?

Many Thanks for any help!

  • Thanks Robbo,

    Definitely food for thought, i'll check out Oregon grape and will possibly stay away from Pyracantha in that case.

    Ideally i was looking for something that has winter fruit, aiming to have things all year round.

    is there anything else you suggest?
  • Hi Fulgrim have a look here for a few suggestions www.daviddomoney.com/.../

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  • Hi Alan,

    magic thank you, i'll take a looksie.
  • Hello I've found that native Hawthorn is very good. Ornamental colours could be used equally well. The May flowers are much loved by pollinators and the berries do not hang about long with blackbirds or redwings around! They can be trimmed or left to grow into a lovely tree and the thorns don't seem to be a problem for birds. Rowan also gives flowers and berries but not the cover of a hawthorn.also ivy growing through gives nectar and berries at other times.
    Good luck
  • Rowan are Holly species right?
  • Google Waxwings Fulgrim 9 times out of 10 the photos will be them on Mountain Ash/Rowan.

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  • If you've got room you could also consider a small crab apple tree. My previous neighbour had one which was no more than 6 -8 feet tall which had small red fruits which lasted well into winter. The winter thrushes like Fieldfares loved them when they began to soften.

    As you can see the fruits are only cherry sized. Unfortunately, I don't know the variety but they look similar to Malus Red Jade although I can't be certain. Other suppliers are available.

    Good luck in your endeavours.



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  • Mrs. Dave CH subscribes to two German-language periodicals, Ornis and BioTerra.

    We've discussed their lists of bird- and biodiversity-friendly plants and she'll endeavour to collate them over the next week.

    I'll post results (latin only names) on a separate thread (with some kind of obvious title).

    All the best -
  • Yep. As everyone has said, the Rowan or mountain ash is a member of the deciduous Sorbus family and the holly is an Ilex, an evergreen. This also has berries but takes forever to grow. The Rowan has a third use with wonderful autumn colours.
  • How about a two level effect with a little path running down the middle...?

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)