Darwin Barberry

Berberis darwinii
BERBERIACEAE, The Barberry family

They may be a bit spiny, but they are gorgeous when the orange flowers are backlit by late afternoon spring sunshine. Later it will have powdery blue berries that are good for attracting wildlife. And it’s drought tolerant.

Companion plant ideas: Phormium ‘Sundowner’, if you dare, Orange sedge, Euphorbia wulfenii, Eleagnus ‘Clemson’s Variegated’, Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’, Ninebark ‘Coppertina’, Tulip ‘Ballerina’

To pick up the color elsewhere in a planting: Wall flower- orange/rust colored varieties, German Iris varieties in gold/rust tones, Geum ‘Mango Lassi’, Deciduous Azalea ‘Mandarin Lights’ or ‘Gibraltar’

To echo it later in the year: Crocosmia ‘Solfatare’, Turk’s cap lilies or Columbia lily, Yarrow ‘Terracotta’

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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