Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii – Top courtyard
This hardy shrub has magnificent bunches of purple berries in autumn and leading into winter. The berries are attached to a woody stem which come out off parallel to each other. The dark green leaves have a pink/purple midrib.
Dahlia ‘Requiem’ – Top courtyard / Purple Border
A bushy clump-forming tuberous perennial, with toothed pinnate green leaves and strong upright stems bearing double purple-pink flowers in summer and autumn. The center of the flower is a bright yellow which makes the eye drawn to it on the overcast days of October.
Salvia leucantha – Top courtyard / Purple Border
Evergreen subshrub can grow up to 1.2m in height, with narrowly lance-shaped leaves white beneath, and small white flowers with conspicuous downy purple calyces. The under-side of the leaf, flowers and calyces are furry. The stem also has a purple tinge as it gets closer to the arching flowering spike.
Nicandra physaloides – Herb Garden
Common name Shoo fly. This annual is sometimes classed as a weed as it can be commonly found around bird feeders as it is part of the seed mix. It has speckled purple/mauve bell shaped flowers and on the inside of the flower it is white and mauve with a dark purple star in the centre. The leaves are a lobed/lance shape and the new leaves have a covering of small black dots. The fruit is a cherry-like green/brown berry that is encased within green or black-mottled calyces. Looks like a Chinese lantern-style fruit.
Paris polyphylla – Delos
Originates from the Himalayas on the border of China and India. Tallish plants with a whorl of narrow green leaves below a further whorl of whiskery yellowish petals. The ensemble is followed by brilliant red berries in October. A choice plant for lightly shaded woodland conditions. This plant is gradually getting rarer as the seed doesn’t germinate well.
Physalis alkekengi – Herb Garden
Common name Chinese lantern. It is native from southern Europe east across southern Asia to Japan. Easily identifiable by the large bright orange papery covering over its fruit, which resemble paper lanterns. It is a herbaceous perennial with spiral arranged leaves. The dried fruit is used in medicine as an antiseptic and sedative.