There are some lovely shrubs with autumn and winter interest. Some shrubs have amazing autumn colour, others have flowers, berries and some shrubs have scent. Illustrated on this page are the more popular varieties of garden shrubs which provide interest in either autumn or winter. An additional advantage of growing shrubs which produce berries is to provide food for birds, especially Blackbirds and Thrushes which are avid berry takers.
Many of the popular shrubs have attractive berries which are colourful and good for garden wildlife, such as Pyracanthus, common name firethorn, which is apt given its blazing red berries.
Many Acers have superb autumn colour and there are now so many varieties it's best to see them on display in one of the garden centre in autumn when you can check out its autumn colours. Generally, the green-leaved Acers produce the best autumn colours.