Catch the honeyberry craze!We were at a wedding recently where the talk at the reception wasn’t about how beautiful the bride was (though she was) or how nervous the groom seemed (though he did) or how Uncle Vernon needed to put down the champagne (seriously, someone take that bottle away from him). The talk around the tables was the centerpieces.“What is that?”“Is it a long blueberry?”“Can you eat it?”“Have you ever seen anything like that before?”Yes, some very “in-the-know” florist was on the cusp of a new trend. She had highlighted the flower arrangements with sprigs of a very unique-looking fruit. Berry Blue Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea var. kamchatica ‘Berry Blue’) had become the star of the wedding.Honeyberry is relatively new on the scene in America, though it’s been around for a while. It is just now beginning to catch on in home gardens. It is a sweet but tangy fruit with a flavor like wild blueberries and currants. They are great eaten fresh out of hand, but they are fantastic when made into jam. (Want to be the star at the farmer’s market – hint, hint?)It is native to parts of Siberia – yes, THAT Siberia where winters are colder than cold. If it can survive there, you know that it will make it in your northern garden without batting an eye.The pretty plants have small cream-colored flowers in the spring and nice flat-green leaves through the fall. They ripen in early summer, a full two weeks before the strawberries begin to red out.We bet you’ll be the first in your circle to have some of these, so order now before your friends beat you to it. (They need a pollinator, so order one of Berry Blue’s sister plants, too, like Tundra Honeyberry.)Just like those centerpieces, you’ll be the talk of the town!* Delicious edible fruit* Fast Growing* Cold Hardy * Spring flowers.
A Little Berry Packed with Power Are you a ‘juicer’? Do you love to find foods that are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and great taste? Goji Berries are all that and more! These are a relative new-comer to the American scene, but they are taking the berry world by storm. The Sweet Lifeberry® Goji Berries, Lycium barbarum ‘SMNDSL’ or Wolfberry Goji, are super juicy, bright-red fruits the size of raisins that grow by the hundreds on these plants. You will have plenty to juice, can, eat fresh and give away. They have a sweet-sour taste somewhere between a cherry and a cranberry. These little berries are ranked as a ‘superfood’ packing more antioxidants per bite than any other fruit! Sweet Lifeberry® Goji Berry is very easy to grow and like full sun. Grow them on a trellis or stake them as they grow so that you can easily reach all of the wonderful fruit. They will start fruiting in August and keep on until the first hard frost. The fruit is great eaten straight from the bush, but they also dry extremely well for a sweet and tangy raisin-like treat. On top of all of that tangy-sweet goodness, Sweet Lifeberry® Goji Berry plants bring a nice fragrance to your garden. They’re deer resistant, too! These plants are also a Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrub, so you know they have the highest seal of approval for your yard. Try something new this year. We know that you will be pleased with this plant, both flowers and fruits! * Superfruit * Easy to grow * Prolific fruiter.
Biggest berries and biggest taste! If you like the idea of growing and harvesting your own berries, but are afraid that they’ll be too hard, too time-consuming, or too much trouble we’d like to introduce you to Yezberry Maxie Japanese Haskap. You know all about blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries because you can buy them in your local supermarket year round, but Japanese Haskaps may not be familiar to you. We think they’re about to take the home gardening world by storm, though. This is the first year that these are available to the home gardener in a big way and we think they’re going to take off.What’s so awesome about these berries? Here are a few reasons:1. Super easy to grow! These pure-bred Japanese berries are also natural natives of North America which means that they are very adaptable to just about any soil and just about any PH level you’ll encounter. All that they need is lots of sun and water and they will grow just about anywhere from zone 7 to zone 3! (They actually do ok in part sun too, just give them room for air to circulate around them.)2. Super delicious! These berries are the biggest haskaps available and have a tart/sweet taste that is a cross between a ripe blueberry and a blackberry or raspberry. Eat them straight off of the bush or use them to make slammin’ jam, sauces and desserts.3. Super hardy! Yezberry Haskaps will tolerate very cold weather and they fruit later than other haskaps so that they are great with a surprise spring frost or two.When you order, make sure to order Yezberry Solo Japanese Haskap along with it as a pollinator for the best harvest. Order today!* Largest tart/sweet berries* Hardy native* Very cold hardy* Adapts to any soil* Easy care* Nice ornamental shrub.
Heat Tolerant DewberriesDewberry Austin, Rubus caesius ‘Austin’, will require a trellis or staking and is a very popular dewberry in the South because it tolerates heat.Hardy, and not needing much attention, this dewberry produces large, sweet, flavorful fruit; the leaves can be used for a tea. The scrumptious berries are sweet and edible. Dewberries contain carbohydrates, vitamin C and vitamins A and B.The Dewberry can be eaten raw, or used to make cobbler, jam, or pie. The Austin Dewberry ripens early and begins to form berries in May, extending for 30-45 days. The plant needs some support, otherwise it will trail on the ground. The ideal berries for picking will be glossy black, with a firm fell, and a little red appearing on any of the lobes.This dewberry derived from plants that were selections from Native American trailing blackberry bushes that were superior to the original parents in size, flavor, and production. Austin adapts well to heat, but is tender in the cold winter climates.The vines should be laid on the ground and protected for the winter with straw or other material, especially in the cold northern climates.*Tolerates Heat*6 Week Harvest*Trailing Habit.
Small fruit packed with a huge nutritional punch! Goji Berry is a shrub that likes to sprawl. It has long flexible canes that can be trained up and out or left to run along low fences or even other shrubs. The brilliant royal-purple flowers explode against the small grey-green leaves they flower in late spring/ early summer all along the length of the canes. The flowers turn to bright, juicy fruit that look like small red peppers. The longer you leave them on the plant, the sweeter they get. After the first flush Goji Berry plants will flower and set fruit repeatedly until the first frost, so you have a whole summer of fresh, healthy and delicious super-fruit!These plants sound exotic – and often command high prices at your local health food store – these are actually very easy to grow and are super-hardy plants. The Goji Berry plant is resistant to disease and insects, but deer, raccoons and other wildlife will love the berries as much as you do! These plants are survivors and do well outside even up to zone 5 (-18 degrees is their tipping point).Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum) will be a great addition to your garden, borders and big containers. They don’t even require any pruning to produce big yields for you! Order yours today!* Hardy plants * Disease resistant* Deer resistant * Huge yields of juicy fruit.
The biggest Goji berry on the market, no pruning required!Goji berry just sounds exotic, doesn’t it? It seems like a fruit you’d find sold out of wicker baskets in the spice market in India or decorating a decadent dessert in a Fiji ocean-side resort or growing in perfect lines on a plantation in South Africa. But goji berry is an easy fruit to grow in American gardens and one that should be added to your home landscaping. Not only will they give you tons of huge fruit, but they are striking flowering shrubs, too!Hailing from China (Ok. That’s pretty exotic!) Big Lifeberry® is a Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering and fruiting shrub. (You know that you are getting the best when you get a Proven Winners variety.)Gojiberry is almost vine-like in the way it grows (like a blackberry or raspberry). It has long flexible canes that sprawl out and can be trained to climb up (on a trellis) or out (along a fence).It covers itself in brilliant royal-purple flowers that shine amidst the small grey-green leaves in late spring/ early summer. The flowers turn to big, bright, juicy fruit that look like small red peppers. The longer you leave them on the plant, the sweeter they get. After the first flush they will flower and set fruit repeatedly until the first frost, so you have a whole summer of fresh, healthy and delicious super-fruit! And these are the biggest goji berries that you can get for the home gardener! Fresh or dried, these are fantastic treats.You’ll probably have an abundance to share, too, so you might want to try your hand at the local farmers market. They command pretty high prices on their uniqueness alone! (Call them by their British name – Wolfberry – for added panache!)Big Lifeberry is resistant to disease and insects, but deer, raccoons and other wildlife will love the berries as much as you do, so you’ll want to protect your investment with a little netting at fruiting time! These plants are survivors and do well outside even up to zone 5 (-18 degrees is their tipping point).Big Lifeberry (Lycium barbarum) will be a great addition to your garden, borders and big containers. They don’t even require any pruning to produce big yields for you. Bring a touch of the exotic to your home and order yours today!* Hardy plants with both flowers and berries * Biggest Goji berries on the market * Huge yields of juicy fruit.
Dewberry Lucretia’, Rubus roribaccus ‘Lucretia’, is a cousin of the blackberry and produces sweet, long, shiny black berries in mid to late summer. This dewberry has dark green foliage that grows on trailing vines that need to be trained on stakes or trellises. If this plant grows on a support it makes for cleaner fruit and easier harvests; otherwise it will trail on the ground and if left to ramble, plants produce a 2- to 3-foot deep tangle of thorny stems. However, the vines should be laid on the ground and protected for the winter with straw or other material, especially in the cold northern climates. Lucretia has blackberry-like dark green foliage and early summer flowers that provide a decorative value in the landscape. The scrumptious berries are long, shiny black and arrive in mid to late summer. Use them as you would any berries in jams, pies, cobblers, turnovers, or just pick and gobble them fresh from the vine! They get their name from the fact that the berries are often seen covered in dew in the early mornings..
Boysenberry Thornless, Rubus ursinus x idaeus ‘Thornless’, is very sweet and juicy. The Boysenberry is easily grown and very productive. It produces rich, luscious, wine colored berries with a flavor that is a taste of loganberry, raspberry and blackberry. With no thorns, the berries are easy to pick. Boysenberry Thornless has very large berries that are 1-1/2″ in length with a reddish-black color and non-glossy when ripe. This plant can be trained to trellis or fence. The berry is very juicy and the flavor is excellent with a nice aroma. Very good for fresh eating, canning, freezing, jelly and syrup. Ripens in June. Boysenberry Thornless requires winter protection where temperatures go below 5°..
Cranberry Ben Lear, Vaccinium ‘Ben Lear’, is a burgundy-red color, and its early fruiting period and large size is prized for processing into sauces. ‘Ben Lear’ is very productive. As crop plants go, cranberry is relatively undomesticated. Many popular varieties – including Ben Lear, is favored in Wisconsin because its fruit also turns a deep red earlier in the season. Grow Ben Lear in the fruit or vegetable garden for the food crop. Ornamentally, may be grown as a small scale ground cover for sunny areas or in the shrub or mixed border in front of other acid-loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons. Ben Lear ripens early season. Harvest berries by hand when red, from late September to late October. Berries cannot stand a frost below 30°F, so it is best to pick them before a hard frost or protect them with covers. Cranberries are one of the healthiest sources for getting your vitamin C and protecting your body against urinary track infections. More studies are showing other beneficial effects because of their high antioxidant..
Berries that laugh at the cold!Have you ever tried a honeyberry? If not, we’d like to describe the taste to you: Blackberry-wild blueberry-currant-cherry-kiwi-grape with a touch of honeysuckle.Or, we can describe it as just plain delicious!Tundra Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea ‘Tundra’) is great fruit, especially for northern gardens. They look like elongated blueberries and are so thin-skinned they actually melt in your mouth. (Actually Tundra berries are thicker-skinned than other honeyberries, so they take firm handling better.) But don’t let their thin skin fool you. These are some tough berries. Like their name suggests, these guys can handle the cold…and by cold, we mean COLD. They are hardy to -55 degrees (that’s NEGATIVE 55 DEGREES in case you missed it) and the flowers are hardy to 20 degrees! If you live somewhere where it gets colder than that, well, that’s a conversation we need to have separately.Tundra Honeyberries are long-lived (50 years+) and plants older than 5 years can produce between 2 and 10 pounds of berries a season! They love the sun in the north and a little shade in the south and just about any soil will do, even clay soils.Tundra is a first-rate fresh eating berry, but you’ll be the star of the Farmer’s Market if you jar up a batch of jam! Try them in pies and muffins, too – anywhere that you’d use a blueberry. We bet you’ll be the first in your neighborhood to have some of these, so order now before your neighbors become the Farmer’s Market stars. (They need a pollinator, so order one of Tundra’s sister plants, too, like Berry Blue Honeyberry.)* Delicious edible fruit* Fast Growing* Super Cold Hardy* Spring flowers.
Easy to grow and super-delicious! Maybe you’re afraid to grow berries in your backyard. You’re afraid that they’ll be too hard, too time-consuming, too much trouble. If that is the case, we’d like to introduce you to Yezberry Solo Japanese Haskap. This is a berry that you’re probably not familiar with. You know all about blueberries, strawberries, black and raspberries, but Japanese Haskaps may not be on your radar…yet. They soon will be, though. This is the first year that these are available to the home gardener in a big way.What’s so great about these berries? Let us count the ways:1. SO easy to grow! These berries are natural natives of North America even though this selection is from pure Japanese strains. That means that they will adapt to any soil and even any PH level. Give them good sun and water and they will grow just about anywhere from zone 7 to zone 3!2. SO delicious! These plump berries have a sweet-tart taste that is a cross between a ripe blueberry and a blackberry or raspberry. They are sweet enough to eat straight off of the bush, but they also make great jam, sauce and desserts.3. So hardy! Yezberry Haskaps will tolerate a whole lotta cold weather and they fruit later so that they are great for places with surprise spring frosts.When you order, make sure to order Yezberry Maxie Japanese Haskapalong with it as a pollinator and max out your harvest. Order today!* Large, sweet berries* Hardy native* Very cold hardy* Adapts to any soil* Easy care * Nice ornamental shrub.