It's the time of year when my Callicarpa bush has its annual moment of glory:
Very soon the leaves will fall off, making the purple berries show up even more, but I like this bush best just as the leaves turn colour. This is a plant noted for its berries, not its foliage. It's never going to be able to compete with the Acers! However, for a few days every year, just before they fall, the leaves are tinged with reddish-brown. I think it contrasts very attractively with the purple berries.
This year the number of berries is good. They have formed in huge clusters like this:-
The Blackbirds will eat these berries in a month or so, when all the Summer goodies have gone. Callicarpa berries are evidently not a great delicacy, and only seem to get eaten as a last resort. Meanwhile I shall enjoy their beauty myself! A colloquial name for Callicarpa is "Beauty Bush". You can see why.