Nothing extends the season of interest for a plant like the addition of interesting seedheads or berries. I like to add plants to my garden that have variegated foliage, edible berries, or unique seedheads. These are a few of my favorite season extenders pictured above. Nandinas are evergreen and provide small white clusters of blooms in the spring. These small blooms are followed by berries that age from a light green to a deep red. The evergreen foliage becomes quite colorful in the fall. The Viburnum has leathery like foliage with blooms in the spring followed by berries that start out pink and deepen to a cobalt blue. SAC (Sweet Autumn Clematis) is a evergreen vine that produces fragrant white blossoms in late summer followed by unique seedheads in the fall. Salvia ‘Black & Blue’ produces the most vibrant shade of blue tubular shaped flowers on black stems. These little black shells are left after the blossom withers away. Lirope is a grassy like perennial that produces new green foliage each spring followed by purple spikes of bloom in the summer and then these green seed like berries. The unknown Clematis produces a beautiful lavender bloom w/red stripes in the summer that are followed by these twirly tendrils that is the seedhead. Now I don’t plant Pokeweed in my garden but it manages to show up somewhere in my yard each year thanks to the birds. The green circular blooms are followed by purple berries that are poisonous to mammals but the birds eat them. My Crepe Myrtle produces these flower buds that are deep red that open into a hot pink blossom followed by a brown seed pod. And last but not least is the Thunbergia or Blackeyed Susan vine that has these cone shaped pods that produce a bright yellow flower with black center. When the flower fades the green pod remains open and the seed forms inside. What kinds of interesting seedheads or berries do you have growing in your garden?
Seedheads and Berries