makes a nature–friendly boundary and can be filled with shrubs that offer food and shelter to birds, mammals and insects.
SPECTACULAR: The spindle bush (Euonymus alatus) produces crimson leaves in autumn, while the hydrangea (right) will remain in bloom throughout the season UNUSUAL: Callicarpa Bodinieri 'Profusion'' produces colourful autumn berries TROPICAL: The Japanese Aralia (Fatsia Japonica) COMPACT: Viburnum opulus
has white flowers in summer and red berries in autumn
SPLASH OF COLOUR: Euonymus Alatus, above, and Viburnum Opulus
, left and far left
, the Guelder rose, also springs to mind - a wonderful deciduous shrub with intricately cut grapevine-like leaves bearing pure white clusters of pom-pom flowers.
Mi fwytaodd yr aeron oedd yn weddill ar y Viburnum Opulus
(Guelder Rose, Corswigen?
Choose viburnum opulus
, witch hazel (hamamelis mollis), or one of the sumachs (rhus) for shrubby autumn colour.
Consider planting some native shrubs and trees such as Acer campestre (Field Maple), Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn), Ilex aquifolium (English Holly), Malus prunifolia (Crab apple), Euonymus europaeus (Spindle), Viburnum opulus
(Guelder rose) and the non-native Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight' (Butterfly bush).
compactum is recommended for smaller gardens as it only grows to about 1.
Another early bloomer this year is viburnum opulus
, the Guelder rose (above right), which, if it is allowed to reach maturity, will grow to about 12ft with a spread of 8-10ft.
Shrub reveals so much about currant affairs 6 Viburnum opulus
, our native guelder rose, is a shrub for all seasons.
Its cousin, Viburnum opulus
is a real stunner with a rich yellow autumn colour and its clusters of shiny red berries, making it a must-have.
Others include ilex aquifolium (English holly), malus prunifolia (crab apple), euonymus europaeus (spindle), rosa rugosa, viburnum opulus
(Guelder rose) and the non-native buddleia davidii Black Knight (butterfly bush).