Maybe a year and half ago my friend Laura gave me some little plugs of Australian plants, some Dianellas and Lomandras. I carefully potted them up and eventually planted them out in the new garden. For some reason I hadn't very high hopes for Dianella 'Tas Red' , it looked weak to me and was certainly not red. But after a while in the ground it took off and made a very well mannered clump of glossy green strappy foliage to about a foot tall. Think tiny Phormium. Because it's so well mannered (and because I like a full look) it was swamped by some very exuberant Gomphrena 'Fireworks'. But it did very well on neglect and being partially smothered. And so I thought to myself ok this plant has merit. But then just a few weeks ago I was astonished. This little Dianella had actually produced a crop of magically purple berries on two stalks. Now I know Dianella tasmanica can grow these beautiful berries, but never had I seen them grow on a plant in So Cal (don't ask me why they look awesome in No Cal. So now I firmly love this plant, of course if it doesn't produce purple olives next spring I'll be pissed!