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All these plants have been specially chosen because they are attractive to birds. They will either provide food for birds in the form of seeds, berries or nectar, give shelter and warmth under dense foliage or they will attract insects which birds and other wildlife can feed off.



Rosa Glauca Rosa Glauca
Small clusters of single, cerise-pink flowers with pale pink centres in June and July on almost thornless stems, followed by spherical, red, autumn rose-hips. This vigorous, arching, species rose makes a great, informal flowering hedge for an open, sunny site.
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Malus 'Rosehip' Crab AppleMalus 'Rosehip' Crab Apple
Recently introduced, the rounded, red fruit of this fine, small tree have pronounced calyces, which (as the name suggests), makes them look like rosehips. The white flowers that appear in late spring put on a good show too.
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Pyracantha 'Saphyr Orange' Firethorn Pyracantha 'Saphyr Orange' Firethorn
Upright, later spreading, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves, spiny branches and bunches of small white flowers in late spring. These are followed by a profusion of bright orange-red berries in autumn.
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Berberis Darwinii Darwin's Barberry Berberis Darwinii Darwin's Barberry
Clusters of small, nodding, orange-yellow flowers appear in mid- and late spring, followed by bluish-purple autumn berries. Vigorous and easy-to-grow, it often produces a second flush of flowers in autumn.
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Honeysuckle Honeysuckle
Fabulously fragrant, large, tubular, white flowers, ageing to yellow, from July to September and oval, mid-green leaves. This vigorous, deciduous climber will soon cover a boundary wall or fence in a sunny site.
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Cotoneaster Horizontalis Cotoneaster Horizontalis
The glossy dark green leaves of this small, spreading, deciduous shrub are studded with tiny, pinkish-white flowers in May, followed by bright red autumn berries. The leaves turn orange-red before they fall.
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Golden King Holly Golden King Holly
The glossy leaves of this holly have grey-green mottled centres and bright, golden-yellow margins. Despite its name, this compact, conical, evergreen shrub is a 'female' variety of holly which produces reddish-brown autumn berries that ripen to red.
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Paul's Scarlet Midland Hawthorn Paul's Scarlet Midland Hawthorn
A popular thorny tree with mid-green, three- to five-lobed leaves and a profusion of double, dark pink flowers in late spring. It is an ideal plant for all conditions, as it is tough enough to stand exposed sites, city pollution and even costal gardens.
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Polemonium Caeruleum Jacob's Ladder Polemonium Caeruleum Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder gets its name from the arrangement of its leaves – pairs of opposite leaflets resembling a ladder. In early summer, erect stems rise up from the bright green foliage carrying clusters of bell-shaped, lavender-blue flowers.
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Sorbus Sargentiana Sargent Rowan Sorbus Sargentiana Sargent Rowan
Slow-growing tree with stout shoots of large, sticky red buds in winter. In spring, pinnate dark green, long leaves are produced which turn a fiery orange and red in autumn. The white flowers are produced in early summer usually followed by red berries which are quickly eaten by birds.
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Buddleja Davidii 'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush Buddleja Davidii 'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush
Buddleia can be a fabulous addition to a sunny border, with dramatic, fragrant flowers that are attractive to butterflies and other beneficial insects. Pruned hard in spring, 'Black Knight' produces dense spikes of tiny, fragrant, dark purple flowers.
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Primula Vulgaris Primrose Primula Vulgaris Primrose
Our native primrose is held in deep affection, partly because its one of the first spring flowers. From early March to May clusters of pale lemon, often fragrant flowers with centres the colour of egg yolk, appear among rosettes of large, deeply-veined, bright-green leaves.
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Hedera Helix 'Glacier' Common Ivy Hedera Helix 'Glacier' Common Ivy
This popular ivy has small, three to five-lobed, grey-green leaves with silver-grey and cream markings. It's a versatile, evergreen climber that will snake up a shady or sunny wall without support. Mature plants have clusters of yellowish-green, autumn flowers, followed by spherical black fruit.
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