Plant a Wall of Berries

Font
  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends

x

All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.

Refresh

Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail

Success!

A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Blooming Berry Shrub DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wall shrubs, such as firethorn, are easy to grow and provide a rich tapestry of evergreen foliage, spring flowers, and vibrant autumn berries that add texture and color to the garden. On a boundary, their sharp thorns also deter intruders, and the fruits provide a feast for hungry birds.

When to Start: Autumn
At Their Best: All year round
Time to Complete: 2 hours

Materials Needed:

  • firethorn, Pyracantha
  • well-rotted organic matter, such as manure
  • granular shrub fertilizer
  • coated wire and vine eyes
  • garden twine
  • clippers

Prepare the Ground

Plant your firethorn about 20 in (50 cm) from the wall or fence, and dig a bucketful of organic matter and some general-purpose fertilizer into the soil within the planting area. Do not add extra organic matter to the planting hole.

How to Plant a FirethornEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant and Tie Stems

Fix horizontal wires across the wall or fence. Dig a planting hole twice the width and as deep as the plant pot. Place the firethorn in the hole and lay a stake across the top to check that the plant will be at the same depth as it is in its pot once planted. Remove from its pot, and plant. Backfill with excavated soil and firm in with the ball of your foot. Remove stems from the supporting canes supplied with the plant, and tie to the wires with twine.

Training Firethorn to Climb Wood FenceEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trim Stems

With clean, sharp clippers, prune wayward stems that are growing away from the wall or fence. Cut them back to the main stem or a bud close to a stem that is growing along the fence. Shorten other side shoots to encourage bushier growth.

Pruning Wayward StemsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
« Previous123

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

We Recommend...

How to Plant a Tree in Your Garden

How to Plant a Tree in Your Garden

Plant it well and take care of it, and your tree will pay dividends, providing your yard with color, shade and structure for...

How to Plant a Hedge

How to Plant a Hedge

Whether you want to install a border, or a habitat to attract wildlife, planting a hedge is a DIY project well within your...

How to Plant a Clematis

How to Plant a Clematis

Their elegance, color, variety and exquisite flower shapes have catapulted clematis to the top of the climbers' charts. Plant...

Advertisement

HGTV Outdoors Newsletter

Find out how to make the most of patios, decks and all your outdoor areas, plus tips from master gardeners for beautiful flower beds and bountiful vegetable gardens.