In A Vase on Monday – Beauty of Berries


Many gardens sport a Beautyberry (Calliocarpa americana). Native to a large portion of the Eastern United States, the promise of lurid purple berries is hard to resist. Add to that the buzzing of native pollinators around the flowers in the form of rare Atala butterflies in my garden and the natural mosquito repellants in the leaves of the Beautyberry, these shrubs are a must have in my garden. I was surprised to see the Atala butterflies sipping the flower nectar.

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Continuing with the purple theme, I added foliage and flowers from Purpleheart (Setcresea); accenting with a few white flowers and dark green foliage from the Tropical Gardenia (Tabernaemontana divericata) and a few stems of the chartruese little black dress of the garden – Alabama Sunset Coleus.20180826_123642

Voila, the beauty of Beautyberries and a welcome sign of summer winding down in my garden.


31 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Beauty of Berries

  1. Very pretty! How long do the berries stay on?

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  2. Every time I see that shrub at this time of year, I wonder why I am not growing it. i know it gets pretty big but I’ve got a couple of spots where I’ve removed things where it might work. It certainly makes an arrangement that is both dramatic and simple, not an easy thing to achieve.

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  3. Joanna says:

    I live in the northeastern US but have never seen beauty berry. Maybe we are TOO far north! It is definitely an eyecatcher! Gardenias are heavenly! I’ve only seen them once in a botanical garden conservatory though.

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  4. Never seen these berries before. Can you eat them or are they just ornamental? look lovely!!


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I love purple and chartreuse together – so pretty!

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  6. Noelle says:

    I thought the first picture was perfect, and then you started adding more…..I wonder how many of us who do not already have Calliparca are seriously considering adding one if conditions are right in our gardens? This vase is stunning.


  7. Peter Herpst says:

    Such a nice use of beautyberries! Ours are still green and won’t change to purple for a while which is nice as they look especially nice against the leaves as they turn gold in autumn.

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  8. Oh my goodness! Those lush berries! I have two rather pathetic specimens, which have abtu ten berries a piece each year – what do I do to get this magnificent display!!!

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    • I was amazed by the fruit here compared to my former garden in Atlanta GA (600 miles north). I did absolutely nothing to the shrub, I have been planting for native pollinators which may explain the berries. Planted in straight sand, I don’t think I put any fertilizer on it, but it does get fairly regular water.


  9. Chloris says:

    I have noticed on other American blogs how much bigger and better the gorgeous callicarpa berries are than any I see here. They look unreal, so shiny like Liquorice Allsorts. Lovely arrangement and stunning butterfly.

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    I suppose I should have expected you to feature beautyberry. I have never seen it before. It is available in mail order catalogues now. Even though it is not good for anything, I really like what it looks like. Does that count as being good for something? I mean, if it is in catalogues, that means other people grow it, and other people would not grow it it if was not good for anything.

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  11. Cathy says:

    Oh your callicarpa is delightful! I have one here but am seriously considering removing it as underperforming is an understatement!! Yours would be wonderful in a vase even on on its own – I do so love the colour of those berries

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  12. Kris P says:

    I love this arrangement, Amelia! I also love Callicarpa, which I’ve yet to find in my local garden centers even though there are species suited to my climate. I must find some purple berries for my own garden, even if I have to resort to mail order.


  13. pbmgarden says:

    Nice, full callicarpa. Love that gorgeous butterfly.

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  14. Lovely mix. I am never sure about the berries as their colour seem too unnatural in our autumn/ winter. Looks great in a vase though

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  15. Karen says:

    I had no idea that beautyberry grew in Florida…I’ve seen it up north.

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  16. Lovely choice šŸ™‚ I’ve seen beautyberries in gardens around here in Manchester – the berries seem to stay on the plant for the winter as long as we don’t get snow. I’m thinking about whether to grow in my garden. Didn’t know they were native to the US. Love Bec šŸ™‚


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