Take a close look at this seemingly formal arrangement. What is that around the base? It’s not quite ripe pokeweed (phytolacca americana) berries! I about fell out of my seat when I saw that! Talk about redefining the definition of “weed!” Or perhaps I mean “native plant,” since this plant is native to the Eastern United States. But whatever I mean, even I can’t say that I’ve ever been enlightened enough to think of these as decorative before.
Then again, I’ve never been a fan of persicaria, another weed that’s been transformed into very decorative perennials, and I’m never going to be either. As I’ve always said, if we all liked the same thing, what a boring world we’d have!