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It’s beginning to bloom! Beautyberry Bush!

It might be August, but there’s still some pretty additions that you can make to your garden.   Callicarpa, or Beautyberry Bush, is one of the best landscaping plants that most gardeners do not even know about.    It’s just beginning to bloom and soon it will brighten your yard with it’s amazing purple pearls.   Here is a picture of the plant when it’s dazzling it’s pearls, and below is some cool information about it! 

Purple PearlsĀ®  Beautyberry Callicarpa 

Features

A unique bush that lives up to its name – and then some! Dark purple-black foliage all season long, then late summer brings clusters of pink flowers and the amazing purple berries that make callicarpa such a desirable garden plant. Purple Pearls also offers a distinctive upright habit, which saves space in the landscape compared to the wide horizontal habit of other beautyberry. It makes an outstanding addition to fall floral arrangements and indoor decorations, too.
 
Produces Berries,  Foliage Interest, Fall Interest, Resists Deer
Shrub Type:  Deciduous

Spread:  48 – 60 Inches

Maintenance Category:   Easy
Blooms On:   New Wood
Bloom Time:  Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall
Hardiness Zones:   5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Water Category: Average
Uses: Cut Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
 

Maintenance Notes

 
Plant in full sun for best color and highest quantity of flowers and berries. 
 
The outstanding characteristic of beautyberry shrubs is no doubt their berries, as their name suggest. The fruiting display is so unusual (because of the color) and so spectacular.  The striking color of its berry clusters makes it one of the most fun plants to grow in the yard. Indeed, purple beautyberry is one of the best landscaping plants that most gardeners do not know about. Not only are the berries a beautiful light purple color, but they also persist into winter, affording winter interest to human eyes starved for color in snowy regions. The purple berries remain attractive into early winter but may show signs of shriveling and discoloration by mid-winter. By late winter the berries may attract hungry wild birds (see below).
 

Care Tips (Pruning)

Since beautyberry shrubs bloom on new wood, they are generally pruned (for shaping, if desired) in late winter or early spring. 

 

Giant Perennial Hibiscus Flowers

Perennial Hibiscus are showing their wonderful dinner plate size blooms now.   These guys come back year after year!   Everyone needs at least one in their perennial garden!  Hurry and get your first choice in some of the amazing color choices!  I just walked around the fields today and found all these beautiful flavors waiting for you to try!
 
By the way, Black-eyed Susans are popping open with tons of color! 
 
Butterfly bushes are working hard now attracting all the pretty butterflies and hummingbirds to their beautiful, massive blooms! 

Kong Coleus – Save Me!

So your garden needs some help?  Kong Coleus to the rescue!   His massive leaves of color turn any drab area to a mass of giant color.   

When Victorian gardeners developed a passion for the shade-loving coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides, Solenostemon scutellarioides) plant, they had no idea their efforts would eventually unleash monsters. Well more than a century later, Kong coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides “Kong Series”) arrived on the scene with gorilla hand-sized leaves in a dizzying choice of red, pink and green combinations. With part sun or shade and organically rich, well-drained soil, Kong coleus is an easy-care plant.  And it thrives in the heat!   It’s even deer resistant.  I guess the deer are finally afraid of something – the Kong! Here’s a picture of the Kong Mosaic series — how cool is that?!