Make a home for wildlife
Also known as: Blackberry
This scrambling shrub is a real must in a wildlife garden. Its flowers provide nectar and pollen for many insects, it bears fruit in late summer and autumn, and offers good cover all year round.
It has arching stems armed with hooked thorns that help it to scramble over anything. When the tip of a stem droops to the ground, it takes root, sending up a new plant. Brambles thrive in most soils and seem happy to grow in the sun or in partial or full shade.
They can be extremely invasive (and rockhard), so need regular pruning to keep them in check.
Most woodlands, hedgerows, scrubby areas and on wasteground.
Flowers from May to September, fruits from August to October.
Native: YesFlowers: small, white or pink, from May to SeptemberFruits: purplish-black berries from August to October