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

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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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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

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