Growing guide

How to grow berberis

Berberis are versatile ornamental shrubs, adding colourful foliage, flowers and berries to borders, rock gardens and containers. Evergreen or deciduous and ranging from very large to dwarf shrubs, these easy to grow, spiny plants have a place in almost every garden. Here’s all you need to know to get the best from your berberis.

Quick facts

  • Easy to grow in most soils 
  • Plant in sun or partial shade
  • Yellow to dark orange flowers in late spring and colourful autumn berries
  • Make good intruder-proof boundary hedges
  • Many are good for attracting pollinating insects
  • Can be pruned to keep them in shape and respond well to hard pruning
  • Can be tricky to propagate – check you have the right method for your plant

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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