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!

  • Both are good. I have found cotoneaster berries are ignored until or unless there is not much else left. Good for hard Winters as it guarantees something when nature options are getting hard to find. Oregon grape is an option, but berries go quickly. Blackcaps and blackbirds go for those. Obviously fruit bushes like black currant and blueberry are popular for a very short period.
    Re thorns, can be an issue with pyracantha. So too fireblight.
  • 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
  • I agree with rowan if you have the space in the garden.
  • Rowan are Holly species right?
  • No. Another perhaps more common name for it is mountain ash. It's not an ash though, so rowan is the more accurate name for it.
  • 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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