It’s the Berries

 “It’s the Berries”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

Now that winter is just around the corner and there are few plants flowering, there still are other things to bring a little color to a garden on dark, cold days.  Berries.   There are many plants around with colorful berries and as I walked around today, I was surprised at how many plants have berries still on them.



 The Bradford pear is sporting ‘berries’ with autumnal colors.  Very appropriate for Thanksgiving.



The Beauty Berry bush still has some magenta berries left though the birds should devour these soon.  The bushes farther away from the house have all been stripped clean.



The pyracantha growing along a nearby road is loaded with bright orange-red berries.  It won’t be long before the cedar waxwings come through and feast on them.



The white berries on the tallow tree, which is finally showing some fall color, show why this tree has the nickname of popcorn tree.



The wild privet has thousands of these black berries.  While the berries are attractive, the numbers show why I am constantly pulling up seedlings of this invasive tree.



The glossy, black berry of the lirope reminds me of jet beads. 




The white berries of the Night Blooming Jasmine bring an unusual colored berry to the garden.  Too bad they don’t grow low to the ground like the lirope.  The glossy black and white combination would be nice.



Now to move on to the red and green combinations which are an anticipation of the Christmas season.   This Christmas Ardesia (above) keeps its red berries all year.  And, this holly (below) has just started showing its little jewels.





Nandina is another common plant but its red berries are welcomed come winter.  There still were a few berries around that I didn’t photograph – ligustrum, Bradford holly, and the rose hips which are just starting to turn colors.   All these berries prove that flowers aren’t the only thing that brings color to a garden.




  1. tina said,

    November 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    You have tons of berries. Wow! They look good enough to eat:)

  2. Jan said,

    November 26, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Too bad they are not edible, Tina. They are colorful though.

  3. fairegarden said,

    November 26, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Hi Jan, how lovely and what an array! Are the Bradford pear tree berries possibly little tiny pears? HA The beautyberries are still stunning and the tallow berries with the changing leaves are a delight. Have a wonderful holiday.

  4. Randy said,

    November 26, 2008 at 6:46 am

    What a BERRY nice post, Jan! You have such a lovely selection. 🙂

  5. November 26, 2008 at 8:06 am

    How lovely to get your comment Jan!..and your berries are wonderful I havn’t seen too many here yet. I am so envious of your pomegranates! I have not seen any here. I presume it is too humid for them? ..They were around every corner in Spain. and did I take photos?…well, about 6.. , silly me.

  6. Jan said,

    November 26, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Hi, Frances. I wish those were pears on the Bradford. They would be welcome about now. These berries are adding to the garden when there is hardly any other color around.

    Randy, thanks. I am trying to get some color in the garden year round.

    Val, I don’t think the humidity would pose a problem in growing pomegranates. No place could be more humid than the New Orleans area. It may be that people just don’t plant them anymore. Around here they tend to be in older gardens.

  7. Brenda Kula said,

    November 26, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Oh, that beauty berry bush! How gorgeous that is! You give me such inspiration for what to plant. I too love the berries. I don’t have as many as you do. But I’ve been going around the gardens giving them their due. Funny how with a camera in hand you notice the intrinsic beauty of things you might normally walk on past…

  8. Patsi said,

    November 26, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Wow !!
    You have alot of berries. Love them all.
    Happy Turkey day

  9. Racquel said,

    November 26, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I agree with Brenda, that Beauty Berry is gorgeous! I have to add one of those to my garden next year. You have lots of colorful berries in your garden right now. They do add some nice spots of color in the winter. And I’m sure the birds love your garden too! 🙂

  10. Jon said,

    December 5, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Jan, this is a lovely post and I enjoyed the photos of your berries. Y’all’s birds will certainly have a feast in the lean months of January and February.

    Always a treat to visit your blog. Thanks for sharing. Have a very happy holiday season!

    Jon at Mississippi Garden

  11. Jan said,

    December 5, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks, Jon. The birds do have a lot to feast on this year. By now, just about all of the beautyberries are gone.

  12. October 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Just wanted to let you know i just visited your blog and i just Loved it.Looking forward to seeing somemore cool pictures from you! Tallow Berry Man

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