Ilex verticillata orange berries

What’s In Bloom: It’s a berry good time!

It’s been a particularly good year for all things ‘berry’, and this is no-less so for one particular garden bed here at the Toronto Botanical Garden.   In the Show Garden closest to the Spiral Mound, you can pick your plant!  Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ (winterberry) with its dense, heavy-fruiting of orange-red berries, will carry its fruit well throughout  winter.

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (winterberry) also has dense clusters of fruit, in bright red, held throughout winter.

Ilex verticillata 'Nana'

Ilex verticillata ‘Nana’ (winterberry) is a dwarf, deciduous shrub, and as the common name suggests, produces bright red berries held through fall & winter.

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst'

I love orange, and I love purple!  Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ (beautyberry) has the ability to stop visitors in their tracks with its multitude of berry-covered branches.

Taxus x media 'Maureen'

Taxus x media ‘Maureen’ (columnar yew) is a narrow, upright form of columnar yew with dark green foliage.

Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge'

Although not berries per-say, the seed-pods of Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’ (variegated Adam’s Needle) are splitting open to clusters of black seed.

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