I am currently working on developing the Dingly Dell in my own garden in North-East London, initially pulled together about 5 years ago and now needs updating. I want to put new plants around the parimeter to add further depth and richness to the screening with mixed seasonal interest planting. My plants list includes this delight for its beautiful bronzed purple berries that come into their own during the Autumn months. These purple fruit jewels will add such a delicate vibrancy to my ‘dingly dell’ and will also help bring more birds into the garden, which I shall watch from my seated retreat within.

Botanical name: Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’
Other names: Beauty berry ‘Profusion’
Genus: Callicarpa
Species: C. bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’ – C. bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’ is a deciduous shrub . Foliage emerges with a purplish tint and colours again in autumn from green to rosy. Flowers are small, pale purple but it is the metallic, purple berries in autumn that are the most eye-catching.
Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’ is: Deciduous
Flower: Pale-purple in Summer
Foliage: Dark-green, Bronze in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Flushed pink in Autumn
Fruit: Purple in Autumn
Habit: Upright
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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