Berberis can either be evergreen or deciduous depending on the variety chosen, and most garden centres will offer numerous varieties and colours. They are all spiny however, and will do well in full or part sun, and in any soil type.

Sizing of Berberis is particularly important as some types are giants and others are dwarves. This is coupled with particular variants which are good for hedging, the rock garden, or as a showy solo specimen.

If the shrub is evergreen, it can be pruned after flowering in Summer. Deciduous variants should be pruned in February. In either case, they aren’t particularly fussy if branches are to be removed at other times of the year.

The ‘Thunbergii’ variety is particularly common as it is particularly good for attracting bees.