The Berberis Ottawensis Superba which was in the front garden of our Aberdeen house made a bold statement.
Previously I just let it grow to its own devices, when it reached nine feet tall I decided to shape it up. I know the majority of gardeners may prefer this shrub in its natural form, for the front garden I think it suits the trimmed look.
The leaves of this deciduous shrub start to open in early Spring followed with clusters of small yellow flowers. If you decide not to keep trimming it like I do, you will be rewarded with clusters of red berries in Autumn.
To keep it in this more formal appearance I had to trim it several times throughout the Summer.
It did have a tendency to have an unsightly powdery mildew at times, never did the plant any harm and it may well have been caused with my continual shaping up of it.
•Hardiness *** Fully hardy
•Height *** 270cm/9ft
Plant given the RHS Award of garden merit
Another Berberis (barberry) that found a place in our Aberdeen garden was, (Berberis Thunbergii Harlequin) an ideal deciduous shrub for adding contrast to the numerous shades of green in the garden border.
This variety has beautiful purple foliage marbled with pink,cream and white, also carries red berries in late Summer early Autumn.
Don’t position Harlequin at the very back of the border, chances are it will struggle to reach four feet in height.
Although very ornamental, beware of the sharp thorns. This Berberis will grow in partial shade, however, colours up best of all in full sun.
Position – Full sun/Partial shade. Any reasonable free draining soil
Height – 120cm/4ft
Hardiness – Fully hardy
The narrow upright habit is very appealing and the maximum height is around 4ft.
Small yellow flowers appear in Spring, but the dark red purple foliage would be the reason you would want this plant in your garden. In Autumn the leaves of this deciduous shrub turn a fiery red.
If it happens to be losing shape it can be trimmed up, there I go again, forever snipping, pruning and hacking away at plants that many of you would leave well alone. Ah well, you are not likely to change me now.
Last post I was showing you around the estate where our house is situated, lets have a peek at the old village today.
These houses are clearly more desirable than the one which we chose on the estate. More expensive, on the other hand we are spending so much on the house of our choice I guess we could have gone for something like the one above. Mind you it would have left the piggy bank rather empty.
Here we have one of the few pleasant pubs which we have in the village.
Spent too much time in that pub, ah well you can repent your sins if you feel that way inclined.
If your head is still aching then you could well find an understanding doctor in this place.
Shame that a Sainsbury store is opening soon along side the co-op, which gives good service and is well stocked. Perhaps they could improve their window display.
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