Category: Fruiting Shrubs

Saskatoon

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Amelanchier alnifolia & cvs. Saskatoon is one of my favourite plants.  I have fond childhood memories of berry-picking with my mom, in the northern BC woods.  Besides bearing tasty fruit, saskatoon is a great ornamental plant, with beautiful white flowers in spring, and excellent fall colour.  The many available cultivars allow you to choose the […]

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Haskap (Honeyberry)

Posted by shane - January 5, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Lonicera caerulea kam. cultivars We try to include a haskap into most of our designs.  They aren’t particularly ornamental, but everybody tends to enjoy the tangy blue fruits as they wander around their garden in June. Haskap are edible honeysuckles, with a flavour similar to blue huckleberry on the BC coast.  They come in several […]

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Blueberry

Posted by shane - December 22, 2014 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Vaccinium cultivars such as ‘Chippewa’, ‘Northcountry’, and ‘Northblue’ I love blueberries because I grew up with them in the woods of British Columbia.  But as a gardener and horticulturist, I have very little experience with these plants, mainly because they are not commonly planted, and likely do not survive long after planting due to finicky […]

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Currants

Posted by shane - January 20, 2011 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs

Currants are quickly becoming some of my favourite shrubs.  They are interesting to prune and its even more fun to watch the results:  big, juicy fruit. I always look forward to making fresh red currant vinaigrette for my garden-fresh spinach and lettuce.  In addition to their usefulness as a food, I appreciate the various currants […]

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Cranberry (Viburnum edule & V. opulus)

Posted by shane - January 20, 2011 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs

I remember the smell of ripe cranberries as I walked through the woods as a kid. We used to eat the frozen berries that clung to frosty branches all winter.  That was American low-bush cranberry, Viburnum edule, which is only rarely seen in ornamental gardens. American high-bush cranberry and European cranberry, as well as their […]

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