Plant of the Week

Bryonia dioica:

Bryony 3

 ‘Bryony’, as it is commonly known, is best known to gardeners as an herbaceous climbing weed. It creates shoots that grow through shrubs and trees and can swamp these plants if left unchecked. However, there is beauty to this thug as seen in the photo taken by Martin.  Bryony produces small greenish white flowers in the summer that form into vivid red berries in Autumn. These berries have the knack of accessorizing any naked winter shrub or tree, as it does all over the spring garden at Gravetye.  Perhaps not always the most welcome plant in the garden, but one that should be appreciated for its graceful decorative form.


Words by Sam, photographs by Martin

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