pixie perennials

gardening with perennials

Purple Passion

Leave a comment

One of my favorite fall shrubs is Callicarpa americana, commonly called beautyberry -a spectacular purple color in the fall garden. A wonderful shrub for full sun or part shade, the birds will use the fruit from the Callicarpa for food as the weather gets colder. When the berries are fully colored, I cut 12-18″ branches from the bush, strip the leaves, and place them in a vase to brighten up the kitchen. They provide color for a month.

Happy in loamy soil,this zone 6 shrub is pest free. Considering planting one of these delightful shrubs, that I have enjoyed in my garden over the past 20 years.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s