Brighten Up Your Winter Garden with Berries

By: Julie Day

Holly berries

Holly (Ilex sp.)

With some types hardy in cold Northern U.S. climates, hollies are a staple of the evergreen garden. The hundreds of varieties offer shapes and sizes to fit any landscape with berries ranging in color from white to yellow to red. The Winterberry variety (Ilex verticillata) is an unusual holly that loses its leaves in the winter, adding some drama to the berry display.

See our article on How to Grow Holly for information about selecting and growing these versatile plants.

Some varieties hardy to zone 4.

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  • Christine Moers Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I have a large Nandina bush near my kitchen window. I like it, but my friend said it will grow into my sink plumbing. Is this a bad idea to keep the Nandina?


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    Julie Day Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Pyracantha does have some humongous, tough thorns! As I was photographing pyracantha for this article, I was surprised to see my neighbor’s dog happily munching the berries, oblivious to the thorns – I still haven’t figured that one out.



  • Penn Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Do not buy a Pyracantha. It grows like crazy and the THORNS!!! I just cut this out of my back yard and now I have piles of branches that I can’t move. I’m going to have to burn them in my back yard because the thorns will go through shoes/jeans/gloves and cause extreme pain almost like a bee sting.


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