Add bold berries
There are plenty of plants with a bounty of berries in autumn, and then there are the more useful shrubs and trees that hold onto their fruit all through winter, as if they know their colour is most welcome for much longer into the year. There are small po ed shrubs for the doorstep at garden centres such as gaultheria and skimmia, giving a dash of immediate dazzle, but look a li le deeper for some more permanent berrying beauties in a range of colours.
Good solid choices are holly, cotoneaster or fiery orange, yellow and red pyracantha, or go a step further for something special. Try American native Ilex verticillata, a deciduous holly with eye-catching crowds of red berries crammed along each naked stem. Look into buying both male and female plants to be sure of berries. Neon-purple callicarpa defies the season, while selected crab apples – while not strictly berries – keep their fruits all through winter, like the variety ‘Adirondack’.
Zesty yellow pyracantha is a refreshing change from orange varieties
American holly glows!
Purple callicarpa berries defy the season!