Field grown plants
available now: We are digging in the Nursery field and
we now have bare-root fruit trees, native trees and root
balled conifers and laurel plants available and ready for
planting immediately. A selection of bush and espalier
apple trees are on display, together with a selection of
native trees including Beech and Hornbeam. For instant
hedging and screen purposes we also have root-balled
conifers and laurel plants. These field grown plants
offer great value over container grown plants and are ready
for planting now.
Berried garden treasure at Brackendale
Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in
colourful displays that can last well into winter. From
elder berries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, the
addition of berrying plants adds to a new dimension to any
garden, with plants carrying fruits and berries through
autumn and into winter.
Berrying plants also provide home grown food for hungry
birds and wildlife too, enhancing their appeal and value to
Evergreen shrubs provide structure and form to the garden
throughout the year, but many produce early displays of
flowers followed by autumn berries. One of the best compact
shrubs for borders or patio pots is a Skimmia with a
mouthful of a name, Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana.
Don't let this put you off as its displays of bright red
berries are second to none!
Also check out the compact and spreading Viburnum davidii, a
hardy shrub with distinctly veined evergreen foliage that
produces the most unusual metallic-looking blue-black
berries. It really is quite a talking point.
To create seasonal pots for autumn colour include a small
Gaultheria mucronata carrying brilliant berries in pink, red
or pure white. Combined with pansies and violas, trailing
ivy, heather, carex or skimmia your pots will put on a
display that lasts for months.
Trained against walls and fences, firethorn is a valuable
evergreen shrub. Its thorny stems make it a great choice for
producing secure garden boundaries, but don't let the spines
put you off buying Pyracantha. They provide valuable nesting
sites for birds, flowers that attract bees, and red, orange
or yellow berries to feed birds into winter.
Explore the cotoneaster family too, attractive ornamental
shrubs with year-round appeal. The arching stems with
herringbone-patterned stalks of Cotoneaster horizontalis
make it an excellent choice to carpet banks and low borders
or train up to cover bare fences. Birds love these berries,
quickly stripping stems bare as they stock-up for winter.
If space allows, many ornamental trees produce bright
berries and fruits as well as good displays of autumn
foliage colour. Two of the best families are Rowan (Sorbus)
and Crab Apple (Malus), and both make ideal trees for small
With such a rich and diverse range of plants to choose from
it really is possible to fill your borders with berried
treasure this autumn!
Top four shrubs with colourful fruits and berries
- Firethorn - (Pyracantha varieties)
- Skimmia - Many female varieties produce wonderful displays
of berries including Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana,
Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans' and ‘Obsession'. Male varieties
are equally appealing with great flower displays, like
‘Magic Marlot' and ‘Rubella'.
- Gaultheria Mucronata (Formerly called PERNETTYA)
- Cotoneaster - wide range of berrying shrubs including
Cotoneaster horizontalis, Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty', C. ‘Cornubia',
C. lacteus, and many others.
Top tips for planning and planting
1. Many shrubs can be given a permanent home in large patio
pots. Plant pots using a free-draining loam-based compost.
2. Always stand pots on feet during winter to prevent
drainage holes getting blocked and pots filling-up with
water, literally drowning their roots!
3. Small berry-bearing shrubs included in seasonal patio pot
arrangements can be removed and planted out in the garden
4. Some plants have both male and female varieties, so it
might just be the female one you buy that's carrying
berries. Ask for advice, as in future years you may need to
grow male forms alongside the females to ensure their
flowers get pollinated and develop future crops of berries.
Other popular plants of the moment
As well as choosing planting partners carrying berries try
and create varied displays by including evergreen shrubs,
ornamental grasses, architectural plants with strong shapes
and forms, and those with great autumn foliage colours. Here
are some to consider:
- Beauty Berry (Callicarpa ‘Profusion' and many others)
- Carex ‘Evergold'
- Elder Berries (Sambucus varieties like ‘Black Beauty'
- Heathers (Including Calluna varieties)
- Holly (Ilex varieties)
- Osmanthus heterophyllus var Tricolor
- Roses with colourful hips, like Rosa rugosa, Rosa canina
and Rosa ‘Geranium'
- Rowan (Sorbus varieties)
- Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae)
- Skimmia ‘Magic Marlot'
- Spindle (varieties of Euonymus like ‘Red Cascade')
- Viburnum including Viburnum davidii and varieties of
Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)
All of these plants are looking at their very best at the
moment, so if you you're wanting to add some instant
interest and colour to your garden, visit and select from
our seasonal displays.
Perfect for pollinators
our wild bees and other important pollinators considered to
be in decline, the Royal Horticultural Society has launched
the "Perfect for Pollinators" campaign to help promote that
by planting nectar and pollen rich flowers over a long
season, gardeners can help to reduce this trend. The list
is comprehensive and we are extending use of the distinctive
logo from our herbaceous perennials through to our range of
shrubs and trees throughout the Nursery, to make it easier
to identify those varieties that offer the most benefit to
bees and other insects when selecting new plants.
The Nurseries’ staff can offer further advice and copies of
the perfect for pollinators plant list can be downloaded
list - garden plants
list - wildflowers
Fruit and ornamental trees
We have over 80 varieties of
ornamental trees available in the Nursery. There's a great
choice of Acer, Betula, Cotoneaster, Malus, Prunus, Sorbus
and Salix available in our display stands. As well as
flowering ornamental trees, we also have an extensive
selection of edible fruits including: Apple, Cherry, Gage,
Pear, Plum and Walnut trees with dwarf, bush and standard
forms available, together with espalier and family apple
trees, ensuring plenty of choice to meet all requirements.
our list of fruit trees >>