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Berberis darwinii 'Nana'

5th July 2014

Berberisa darwinii is a bit of a monster. It is only admitted to gardens because of is annual display of astonishing flowers. A dwarf form that flowered with the same profusion would be a wonderful thing. I am a Berberis lover and you can be sure that when such a thing finally appears, I will be planting it.
In the meantime the best on offer is this sad little prickle-tuffet with neither the grace nor the flower-power of the full sized version. I love it, but I'm not blind to its faults. Currently growing in a pot because it couldn't fend of a determined bramble or stinging nettle. It would even struggle against a strategically placed red campion.