Right, lets talk about types of berries. Not the kind you eat, but the kind that provide tiny little detail to the garden, that feed wildlife and that make for excellent floral cuttings.
I have three drafts of posts open on my computer right now. There is this one, another one that is similar, but about greenery type plants that you can grow and cut to make pretty things around the holidays and the last is a list of stylish plant elements that will make fall container plantings way cooler and prettier than average. I've been happily pottering around with each for a couple days. The others will come shortly.
I'm so inspired by all of these plants. If you have the land space you should try and grow some of them. It is seriously fun, relaxing, and empowering to know that you can walk outside and snip something off a bush that is beautiful. And maybe with a bit of added creativity you can combine it with a few other things that are nearby to create something even more beautiful - like a simple floral arrangement. Or maybe it will inspire you to take a picture, or draw, or make something else entirely. Or maybe you will just enjoy that singular moment of beauty and move on leaving that snippet for the birds or other animals that live in your garden. Whatever you do with it doesn't really matter, so long as you had just a moment of taking in something that exists in our world that is just simple and lovely.
Nine Types of Berries to Grow For Fall and Winter Floral Arranging
Ilex Heavy Berry Gold
I've been growing Ilex Heavy Berry Gold for a few years and have yet to harvest any significant stems (they were tiny when they went in so I am, as ever, hopeful for next year!). I suspect that they need more sun than they are currently receiving. I'm going to continue to work with them as the idea of gold versions of my beloved red winterberry is so appealing. Like many Ilex, these require both male and female plants to bear fruit.
Ilex Berry Heavy Winterberry
This is the most classic shrub for holiday swags, wreath-making and general decorating. The berries remain after the leaves have fallen and are so eye-catching in a perfect shade of red. A male and female plant are needed for the berries to be produced, but breeders are constantly refining this plant to put on ever great profusions of berry stems. Try Berry Heavy Winterberry for thickest stems.
Brandywine Viburnum nudum
Brandywine viburnum is a fall favorite of many gardeners. In addition to the fading red leaves, the shrub produces clusters of showy drupes (like berries, but with a singular stone seed) that start as green in the summer and then fade into a brilliant range of pinks, and blues in the fall.
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Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum
There is a virginia Creeper vine that drapes over a fence and the corner of my barn. Every fall I covet the beautiful blue berries and magenta stems that it produces, but they are very floppy and hard to use in a cut flower arrangement. Though it doesn't have magenta stems, Blue Muffin Viburnum satisfies my desire for beautiful dusty blue berries on stems that hold up to other cut flowers.
Callicarpa Pearl Glam
Classic American Beautyberry (Callicarpa) pull in even the most unobservant people to take a closer look. The purple berries that come on in the fall are such an unexpected color that you can not help but notice them. Older and native varieties do not have the striking purple leaves of Callicarpa Pearl Glam and so are less interesting in the garden outside of the autumn season. Personally, I don't think I could ever have enough Callicarpa in my garden - you can prune all of it's stems full of berries and it will come back every year with even more.
Tandoori Orange Viburnum
Orange is one of my favorite colors! Tandoori Orange Viburnum is brand new so I haven't grown it yet. But it promises to be a vibrant addition to the garden. The orange berries would be so pretty as part of a Thanksgiving decoration.
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Proud Berry® Coral Berry Symphoricarpos sp.
I have been growing an older variety of Coral Berry for a few years and love the unique color of the berries. This new variety is one I look forward to growing since it has been bred to produce more berries that are in bigger clusters. These will have more of an impact both in the garden and when cutting them for arrangements.
Viburnum Red Ballon
The showy white flower heads of Viburnum 'Red Balloon' turn into even more interesting clusters of red fruit in the fall. The clusters are so big that from a distance, they can be mistaken for large red flowers. The foliage of this plant is also very attractive and will help to fill out an arrangement.
Hypericum - St John's Wort (varieties)
Most garden variety St John's Wort shrubs are smallish (typically less than 3' diameter) and produce a profusion of yellow flowers. The seed filled fruit that persists after the blooms have passed are also quite pretty and sought after by florists. Depending on the variety, the color, size and density of the pods can vary. Some are inky blue black but there are also many shades of green and some are rosy pink colored. Grow a selection for a wide range of choices.