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A colourful shrub

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KurriKurri Tue 23-Aug-16 20:01:32

I'd like a small colourful shrub (I have a smallish walled garden - so nothing that grows too high) Ideally I'd like something like a Pyracanthus - flowers for insect and berries for birds - all year interest. But I don't want thorns.

Any suggestions for something that might fit the bill? TIA

Decorhate Tue 23-Aug-16 21:40:13

I like hebes. They are evergreen & flower in the summer and grow to different heights depending on the type. Bees seem to like them.

Ceanothus are also flowering & evergreen & beloved by bees

MachiKoro Tue 23-Aug-16 21:45:19

Buddleia is known as the butterfly bush... but I have to say I don't personally like it very much!
Hydrangeas, a small photinia fraseri "red robin", cytisus, forsythia?

KurriKurri Tue 23-Aug-16 22:53:55

Thank you both - great suggestions - I've had a google - loads of lovely hebes to choose from and the photinia fraseri red Robin is gorgeous.

I have had buddleia in the past - and they definitely attract butterflies - but I think they might be a bit tall and gangly for what I want.

PurpleWithRed Tue 23-Aug-16 22:56:25

Daphne with a scrambling clematis growing through it for summer colour. Smells absolutely gorgeous in early spring, pretty flowers too. Or viburnum carlessei, similar spring fragrance and a good host for a little herbaceous clematis.

shovetheholly Wed 24-Aug-16 09:32:23

I can think of loads of lovely shrubs, but ones with year-round interest is a bit trickier. What about the guelder rose? Lovely flowers, good form and berries in autumn. One of the acers with lovely bark, and colour spring and autumn?

The suggestion I can think of that is closest to your pyracantha idea is cotoneaster- evergreen, flowers beloved by bees, and wonderful berries.Will need training to avoid an ugly form, though. Blue ceanothus is another idea - bees absolutely adore it.

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