Generally I try to design without respect to the current season – I like to plant perennials in winter, evergreens in summer, and everything in between to achieve a garden that looks great year round. But, there are plants that I am reminded to use more of when I see them putting on a great display come fall. Read on to learn about two native plants with dramatic fall berry displays – Callicarpa americana and Ilex verticillata.
Callicarpa americana – American Beautyberry
(American Beautyberry in full fruit)
Once you’ve seen American Beautyberry in fruit you’ll never forget it! Bright, glossy, purple berries cover the stems of this large shrub in fall. Consider pairing one with a late fall blooming Mexican Bush Sage – Salvia leucantha for a dramatic display.
Ilex verticillata – Deciduous Holly
(Deciduous Holly in full fruit)
Deciduous hollies are great for a number of reasons – a native plant, they are also a food source for pollinators in summer and for birds come early winter. Mix these large shrubs with native grasses and evergreen plants as a backdrop for them to berry against.
Interested in adding plants with vibrant fruit displays to your garden? Contact Bright Leaf Landscaping at 919-475-1015 or fill out our online contact form. Design and installation are our expertise, and we are always happy to meet with new clients to discuss potential projects!