Barberry plants are excellent hardy landscaping plants that thrive with minimal care and maintenance. Barberry landscaping plants can be grown in USDA Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. They do best in full sun and well-drained soil but tolerate almost any growing conditions, making them simple to grow and an excellent choice for new gardeners and difficult growing locations. Many barberry varieties exist, offering a wide range of heights and widths as well as red, orange and yellow flowers. Barberries are available in evergreen and deciduous varieties, providing a choice of red, green or purple foliage. There are several ideas about how to landscaping with barberry. Create a natural hedge or privacy fence by planting barberry landscaping plants in a row. Barberry is a dense, thorny plant and creates an almost impenetrable barrier. Tall, evergreen varieties, such as the Magellan barberry (Berberis buxifolia) and Darwin barberry (Berberis darwinii), work well for this usage and remain attractive throughout the year.
Or you can place barberry landscaping plants in areas where critters are a concern. Although birds are attracted to the plants’ berries, deer, rabbits and most other animals leave them alone, making barberry shrubs a good choice for areas where your garden looks like a buffet.