Here's the beauty... my beautyberry has berries!
I first saw a Beautyberry on Pam's Digging blog and thought, "How pretty, but shoot, it probably isn't hardy in garden."
And I was right. She grows Callicarpa americana, hardy to USDA hardiness Zone 6. I'm in Zone 5b.
But then I found Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai' last fall. It's hardy to Zone 5a.
It's done very well so far. First, it survived last summer in a container in a garden center/nursery. Then I bought it and it rode in the back of my truck down the highway, with the wind whipping it around. (Well, it really didn't whip around that much, but it sounds better to embellish the story a bit, and 'tis the season to embellish stories, being as it is an election year.) Then it survived the winter. Then it grew with nothing extra from me. No extra water, fertilizer or mulch. Then it bloomed, tiny little white, insignificant blooms. Then, berries!
I'm keeping it.
And here's the beast.
This is Sedum 'Frosty Morn', one of my bloom day flowers. Nice blooms, but the plant doesn't seem quite strong enough to hold them up. (I mentioned in my bloom day post that it had gotten all floppy but didn't show a picture of what "floppy" looked like.) I'm going to leave it alone because these succulent-like stems tend to break off easily if you try to move them too much.
In fact, I'm a bit surprised some of the stems haven't broken off under the weight of the flowers.
Still, all in all, these Sedums are good fall flowers. I'm on the look out now for a couple of other varieties, including 'Purple Emporer' and 'Iceberg'.
Next year (when my garden will be perfect, because it is always perfect 'next year'), I'll watch this particular variety more closely and if it starts to look like it is going to get all floppy on me, I'll give it some support. Some years, they don't flop. I guess it depends on how much rain they get, and how tall they grow. (Oh my, I can't believe I wrote that obvious statement, next thing you know I'll be writing stuff like "when is the best time to pull a weed? As soon as you see it.")