Berberis darwini, is a prickly evergreen plant with an abundance of orange flowers in Spring. The bees adore it as it has early flowers when the weather is starting to brighten up and there is little around for them to feed on.
Berberis will do really well in full sun, but will tolerate a little shade.
Sometimes Berberis is used as a stand alone shrub, it can also be used for hedging, providing a splash of bright colour in early Spring. It is a really hardy plant and can tolerate coastal areas.