Barberry is an unsung hero of the modern garden. They make an excellent hedge, provide foliage colors from a variety of different spectrums, and are deer and pest resistant. As it shares the shape of other hedge favorites such as boxwood or compacta holly, barberry offers a variety of color choices that others do not. You can find varieties that range from deep burgundy to red, orange, yellow, and all shades in between. Be cautious though. A big factor in barberry’s deer resistance is the sharp thorns that hide underneath the foliage. Be sure when planting that you wear sturdy gloves and plant barberry in areas where there isn’t a lot of foot traffic. We’d hate to see these planted around an outdoor water spigot you’d need to get access to in the summer!
Take a look at some of the varieties of barberry sold at Meadows Farms Nursery. Please note that not all varieties can be found at all of our locations, so please call your local Meadows Farms retail location for availability.