Monday, September 28, 2009

Decorative Fall Berries

Here it is, already the end of September and the Holly bushes are just beginning to hint at signs of blossoms turning into berries in my yard. It seems as though they are late bloomers this year. However, two beauties, both deciduous shrubs in my garden, will show them how it's done right now!

The Winterberry (Ilex Verticullata) with it's bright red berries is a charming standout in the front yard. Peter planted a few of these bushes along with this one at the end of last summer. They are not quite as far along yet, but they promise to be just as "showy" soon.

Beauty Berry (Callicarpa Bodinieri - "Profusion") is what it proclaims itself to be--a true beauty in the garden with it's attractive violet berries set here against the greenhouse. I found this plant a few years ago being sold by a plant grower at the Bluemont fair. It didn't look like much then but I was intrigued by it's name. So far, it hasn't disappointed me at all.

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