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Splashes of Autumn Colour

October 18, 2013


The dramatic violet-purple berries of this Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldi ‘Profusion’ stopped me in my tracks last week.  It fruits best in long hot summers which I think we can describe as our recent summer and requires fertile well-drained soil in dappled shade or full sun. It was close to an equally stunning shrub of Hydrangea  macrophylla ‘Mariesii Perfecta’ and the two together were gorgeous.

I crossed the road and turned a corner and came across another garden with this delightful planting of Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ behind the upright stems of Verbena bonariensis.


Both these small front gardens were close to my favourite garden centre Riverside in Bristol and maybe one Autumn the garden owners were inspired by what was on sale and looking good.  Planted up and thriving these are exceptionally lovely combinations.


On the kitchen table is a small pot of grey Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ with a hybrid hellebore which has been in flower for the last three weeks.

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  1. October 22, 2013 9:58 am

    I love the shocking colour of callicarpa. I should put it on my wish list. Such an unexpected colour at this time of year.

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