Login

Callicarpa – Growing Beauty Berry

Many believe that, as the autumn rids the trees of leaves, the herbaceous borders of their plants, and signals the approach of winter, the garden fades out of existence. However, this is a time of great change in the garden and one which you can fill with glorious color if you’ve carefully selected specimens to add some vivacity to the bland tones of the colder months. And if you want an absolutely stunning shrub which will provide year round color before unveiling luminous berries in the cold snap, then Callicarpa is for you.

Throughout the year Callicarpa offers a rather generalized green to gardens, with its leaves and stems not significantly adding much but structure. At this time of year though it is the herbaceous plants that are in rampant abundance, and Callicarpa’s soft green leaves are a welcome backdrop. However, it is upon flowering in June and July that this wonderful plant starts taking on another appearance. Clustered around the stems collection of tiny pale purple flowers emerge, bringing surprising color which is just noticeable through the canopy of leaves.

It is when autumn approaches and Callicarpa drops its leaves that this stunning plant really comes into its own though. Ripening berries turn a luminous purple as if painted and polished with a manmade color. I find that the berries can last almost all winter as most birds don’t tend to find them that appetizing, allowing you to glance out of the window and be drawn by the wonderful hues. And set off by ice and snow you’ll find that Callicarpa is an amazing plant to enjoy both in a border and even in a pot as I grow it.

Name: Callicarpa (Beauty Berry)

Thrives In: A hardy shrub, Callicarpa is suited to both sunny and partial shade positions. You can plant this species in a border where it’ll happily thrive, though I grow two smaller specimens in pots with ophiopogan planted around the base.

Yearly Care: For younger plants little maintenance is needed as you can allow shrubs to grow naturally with some slight pruning here and there to ensure that a desired shape is kept. There is no need for berry removal as they’ll automatically drop, and other than pruning back when at its desired height, leave Callicarpa to thrive.

Growing Medium: Callicarpa can thrive in both well drained and heavy clay soils. However, it prefers an acidic medium, with alkaline positions causing its leaves to turn yellow.

Quick Tip: I prefer to grow smaller shrubs in pots. This means that you can move specimens around the garden in winter to get the best backdrop to show the vivid purple berries against.

If you want to learn more about becoming a green fingered horticulturist and enjoying your own garden and allotment head over to http://www.theguidetogaygardening.com for more information.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/

 


 

With a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology, Geoff Wakeling lives in London working as a writer and gardener. With a horticultural business he has added garden design to his credentials and can be seen on ITV as one of This Morning’s TV gardeners.

 

December 17, 2018

13 responses on "Callicarpa - Growing Beauty Berry"

  1. Hi, of course this paragraph is really pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of
    blogging. thanks.

  2. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert
    that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will
    be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  3. Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

  4. This website was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I
    have found something that helped me. Appreciate it!

  5. Howdy very cool blog!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also?
    I am glad to search out numerous helpful information right here in the post, we’d like develop extra strategies in this
    regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  6. hi!,I really like your writing very so much!
    proportion we be in contact more about your article on AOL?

    I need an expert on this house to solve
    my problem. Maybe that is you! Looking forward to peer you.

  7. you are really a good webmaster. The website loading velocity is incredible.

    It sort of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a excellent job in this topic!

  8. Nice blog here! Also your website a lot up fast!

    What host are you the use of? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink on your host?
    I desire my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  9. Hi! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all
    your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!

  10. I think this is one of the most vital information for me.
    And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things,
    The site style is ideal, the articles is really excellent :
    D. Good job, cheers

  11. Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I
    stumbledupon it 😉 I may revisit once again since I book-marked it.

    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  12. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after browsing through some of the posts I realized
    it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be
    book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  13. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and all.

    But think of if you added some great graphics or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this website could undeniably be one of the greatest in its field.
    Great blog!

Leave a Message

Your email address will not be published.

All Rights Reserved to Extra Period. Powered by 
X