I absolutely love this plant for its delicate and exquisite colouring which is coming into its own now despite all the rain. The clusters of small lilac flowers are opening, which I’m seeing for the first time because I planted it in February this year. Planted in dappled shade in a south-facing garden with clay to contend with, its certainly doing very well and has put on about two thirds of a metre in growth since its been in the ground. I prepared the planting hole with grit, sand and organic compost and mixed well with the clay so the roots had some transition time from the good stuff to the more challenging clay beneath.

The plant is plenty beautiful enough now, but it does get even better, for in the autumn the flowers will have become beautiful purple bronze berries, its common name being ‘Beauty berry’ certainly is an apt description and is awarded the AGM (Award of Garden Merit) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

I think of this plant as a fantastic feature plant in the Dingly Dell planting schemes, drawing the eye into the dell during the autumn and if using the species plants, during the winter months too. The birds may take their time to find them, but once they do they will be very much enjoyed, particularly by Robins.

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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