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If when strolling through the neighborhood this fall a sparkly purple thing catches your eye, chances are it is Callicarpa, commonly known as Beautyberry. Easy to grow, great for housing and feeding birds in winter, excellent for cutting to add to fall floral displays, Callicarpa is a must-have plant in the northwest.
Columbine or aquilegia is a herbaceous perennial that is drought tolerant (once established) and self-seeds if not deadheaded. The plant grows to 2' tall when in bloom and blooms late spring-early summer. Flowers come in a variety of colors. Grow in part shade. Best in rock and woodland gardens and as edging plants. Zones 3-9
add a beautyberry or two. This shrub produces small clusters of amethyst-purple fruits in fall.
A mixture of plants and hardscape elements adorns a side yard. This drought-tolerant garden restricts high-need plants for use as dramatic accents, such as this yellow climbing rose. A trellis decorates the home's facade and offers a welcome hardscape element in the garden.