Brighten Up Your Winter Garden with Berries

By: Julie Day

Nandina (Nandina sp.)

One of the easiest of all garden shrubs to grow, Nandina is also known as “Heavenly Bamboo” because of its bamboo-like, caned growth habit. Nandina makes a great vase-shaped backdrop peeking up behind smaller shrubs, with lacy foliage and sprays of red berries in fall and winter.

The berries are perfect for holiday cuttings. Nandina is drought-tolerant with dwarf varieties available, including the fall-red foliage of ‘Firepower.’

Hardy to zone 6b.

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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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