Berberis / Barberry
Easy to grow, with multi-season interest
A favorite for garden landscapes due to its attractive foliage, usually fragrant blooms, attractive fall berries, and deer-resistant thorny stems, berberis / barberry is a good, all-purpose shrub. Berberis sets pretty spring flowers that dangle below the stem in lovely tear-drop fashion and provides highly appealing, finely textured foliage that's green, burgundy, or variegated, turning red or pinkish in fall, depending on the variety. Easy to grow and tending to be heat and cold tolerant, berberis is a great multi-season shrub perfect for use as a barrier or hedge. And modern day varieties are bred to be sterile and non-invasive, so you can be assured they will stay where they are planted.