Posted: 24/09/2013 at 12:33
If you grow hawthorn, cotoneaster, pyracantha, berberis, etc you can look forward to lots of berries and lots of birds to feed on them. I love asters in the autumn and cyclamen and hellebores and snowdrops in the winter. A good shrub is skimmia - female for berries, male for red flowers all winter long. But my favourite for flowers and fruit together is chaenomeles. Mine is very old and has red little rose like flowers all the year round but mostly from December on.