Italian buckthorn is a great shrub plant to ornate the borders of the garden with, but it is also great to keep it around if you plan on creating your own house decoration or table decoration for your holidays, as its evergreen cream-striped leaves will make an amazing natural setting. This plant also produces bright red berries, which will attract birds in your garden, although so you really are in for a joyful experience when having the Italian buckthorn around.
Originally from the Mediterranean coast, Italian buckthorn is an evergreen shrub plant that grows up to be about 3 ft tall (1m) and between 14 inches to 3 ft wide (36-100 cm), depending on how you decide to prune it. In late spring, fragrant yellow flowers bloom to attract insects around the garden, then turn into small red berries. It usually grows fast if given enough space, so it is great border coverage, but you will need to prune it consistently, so it does not take all the spotlight in the garden.