It’s berry good
Some plants will add a splash of colour during
the cold months and help the local wildlife
clearing, lay the clumps next to the pond once you’ve removed them, just for a day, to allow any wildlife to escape back to the water.
The birds in your garden will need a helping hand over winter. Your bird bath is an important source of drinking water so make sure it’s topped up and ice-free. Birds need extra energy to survive so a couple of peanut feeders will really help.
If you have a bird table, keep it well stocked. You can buy ready-made winter seed mixes and bird food or just use what you have: bread crumbs, grated cheese, oatmeal, apples and other soft fruit from your garden. The greater variety, the greater the variety of birds who will visit.
You can, of course, plant your own bird food! Plants like cotoneaster, holly, honeysuckle and hawthorn – all provide berries and, online, you’ll find other suggestions which might be more suitable for your garden.
As well as helping the wildlife, berried plants also add a splash of colour. My favourite is Skimmia, particularly ‘Rubella’ and Skimmia reevesiana.
ABOVE: Skimmia reevesiana is one of Will’s favourites