Hardy Shrub with Edible Fruit Gooseberry is not a common fruit in America and that’s a shame. Fresh gooseberries are a real treat. They have a taste that can be sour grape-y, or like fresh apples or plums, or like tropical fruit, depending on when you harvest them. Among gooseberries, the Pixwell Gooseberry is a top performer. Pixwell is a handsome shrub from spring to fall all on its own, but it is made all the more valuable because it provides delectable edible fruit from July to September. Pick them green or be patient and wait while they change from red to plum colored. The longer you wait, the sweeter they become. Most often they are picked right between the green and red stages when they are nice and firm and then they are used for sweet/tart wine, pies and preserves. Your Pixwell Gooseberry will grow up to 6 feet tall in a sunny spot. Pixwell looks great planted in a group along a fence, or planted singly as a spotlight in your garden. It’s almost thornless, mildew resistant and easy to prune. It has a spring bloom of flowers that you probably won’t notice. However, bees and butterflies certainly will, making this plant a valuable asset to your yard’s wildlife in the spring as well as in the fall. Gooseberries have been prized for generations, and this variety will be an outstanding asset to your garden and kitchen pantry. The more plants you buy, the more fruit you’ll have! * Nutritious berries * Hardy * Beneficial to wildlife.
A small space wonder! Polaris Blueberry is the perfect blueberry for your small garden. (It performs great in your big garden, too!) Polaris has a tight form, produces fruit like it was going out of style and on top of all that great performance it has a super sweet berry taste! Polaris is known as a ‘half-high’ type of blueberry. It shares the dense foliage and small stature of the lowbush types of berry and the fruit size and larger yields of the highbush selections. This means that you get a plant that will cover itself with fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers in early May and with medium sized, powder blue, aromatic, extremely sweet tasting fruit in late July and early August. Polaris is an extremely low-maintenance shrub. It does great in containers and small spaces and needs very little care. It even rewards you with amazing red-orange fall foliage. If you’ve thought that you could never grow blueberries or that you don’t have the space for them, then Polaris is definitely for you! Imagine picking your own sweet berries from your backyard or porch. Polaris is a great fruit native to the Americas that handles the cold of zones 3-8 without missing a beat. Don’t waste your time with inferior blueberries. Nature Hills delivers only the best and healthiest Polaris shrubs right to your door. Order yours today! * Fresh fruit from your own garden* Super easy care* Great for small gardens.
Great all-around blackberry Chester Thornless Blackberry (Rubus fruiticosus ‘Chester’) is a champion for the home edible landscape. Easy to grow and tolerating a wide range of temperatures and soil types, Chester was designed to please. This is the most productive plant of its kind, giving you weeks of fresh berries in July. You’ll have plenty of fresh goodness to share with your neighbors. Strong-willed Chester is easily grown in the challenging heat and humidity of the south and the mid-west. The big berries are firm and sweet without a trace of tartness. Perfect for fresh eating and jams. They will stay firm on vine, too, without getting soft and leaky like other blackberries are prone to do in high heat and humidity. They also have good disease and pest resistance and rarely need spraying or coddling once they are established. Chester is self-pollinating so it doesn’t need a pollinator – a single vine will produce for you. But we’ve never heard of anyone being satisfied with just one Chester vine! Order two or three to really enjoy the bounty. Nature Hills ships out strong, thick-stemmed Chester vines that guarantee a good beginning to your berry patch. Don’t wait to order yours! * Thrives in humid heat* Juicy sweet berries stay firm on the vine* Easy care for the home garden.
The King of Raspberries Are succulent raspberries picked fresh from the vine limited to people with country estates or acres of farmland? Absolutely not! You can fulfill your own dream of stepping into the backyard and picking juicy, ripe raspberries for yourself when you plant a few vines of Royalty Raspberry. Royalty Raspberry is a strong grower, suitable for backyards across most of the country. It is a healthy cross between a purple raspberry and a red raspberry and has the best qualities of both. It has the large fruit size and vigor of the purple hybrid and the high quality fresh-eating flavor of the red. Royalty ripens in mid-July with huge amounts of fruit on established vines. You’ll have plenty to share with neighbors (and the neighborhood birds if you don’t get to them first!). The vines are impressively disease resistant and super-hardy. They have even been grown successfully in cities as high as 7,000 feet. (We’re looking at you Denver and Santa Fe!) Just give them plenty of summer water, a winter blanket of mulch and some winter wind protection and they should perform like the legends they are. The fruit is perfect for eating fresh, making jams or pies and freezing for later. Order at least two for pollination, but the more you order the more fruit you’ll have. They’re fast-sellers at your local farmer’s market, too. Order yours soon! * Hardy and healthy* Juicy sweet berries * Great for the novice.
The Kay Gray Grape, Vitis ‘Kay Gray’, has medium to large berries that are produced in small clusters on productive vines. It produces fine hardy white grapes, has a white slipskin, and is suited for fresh eating and wine making. Flavor varies with climate, ranging from a rather ordinary labrusca to a pleasant fruity flavor, depending on where it is grown. Its virtues include early ripening, low acid levels, disease resistance, and good winter hardiness. The best part of this variety is the vine. In addition to the good resistance to disease, the vine has withstood -42 degrees without damage. It ripens in early September. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where they provide good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, showy fruit, some fall color and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. Grapes need a good support system like fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures. The grape vines can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home. Grapes need full sunlight and high temperatures to ripen, so plant on southern slopes, the south side of windbreaks, or the south sides of buildings. Considered to be a good grape for juices and jellies. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share. Kay Gray was developed by the Wisconsin grape breeder Elmer Swenson in 1980 and is named after a family friend. * White Grape* Disease Resistant* Cold Tolerant .
Prolific, Early-Ripening Blueberry Duke Blueberry is a northern highbush blueberry that produces exceptional fruit. It’s such a prolific producer that the branches often droop, so planting one where you have a trellis would work well. These also make a decorative hedge that can’t be beat! Blueberries are considered a beautiful, productive plant with spring flowering against dark green foliage, delicious fruit in summer and fiery orange/red foliage for autumn color…and Duke is no exception. Your Duke Blueberry produces blooms late but ripens early, protecting blossoms from late frosts. The spring flowers arrive white with a pink hue. The delicate, bell-shape blossoms present an elegant contrast against the green, leathery foliage. Yellow-orange leaves in autumn round out the ornamental nature of this remarkable blueberry bush. Duke Blueberry is a heavy, consistent producer you can count on to provide you with delicious fruit every year. The medium to large berries are very firm and retain their fresh quality longer than other varieties, so you can easily store some or share a few with friends and neighbors. Duke is particularly renown for its superb berry with a mildly tart flavor. Your Duke Blueberry will grow to 6 feet in height with an 8 foot spread. It has an upright growth habit, and is stem blight as well as deer resistant. Plant your Duke Blueberry in a full sun location in your yard where there are acid soils for best performance. Blueberries are extremely nutritious and have a high vitamin content. So planting a blueberry bush is an investment in not only beauty, but health as well. Duke Blueberry is a great bush to start with for a hardy, easy-to-care-for plant that can be counted on for great performance. * Exceptional fruit* Spring flowers* Fall color* Hardy.
Sweet Juicy Strawberries All Summer The Dunlap Strawberry is a June bearing strawberry. This variety is sometimes referred to as Senator Dunlap. Dunlap produces fruits of medium size with a rich, red color. The Dunlap does exhibit excellent drought tolerance. One of the most important aspects of a healthy strawberry patch is location — a minimum of six hours of sunlight a day. Although you can get a harvestable crop with as little as six hours of direct sunlight per day, the largest harvests and best quality berries come from those plants that get the advantage of full sun. They are perennial, winter hardy, and will thrive in full sunshine, as long as the soil is fertile and well drained. Healthy plants will produce an abundance of berries for three to four years, after which they should be replaced. Your strawberry bed should have good drainage and be well tilled with rich organic matter such as manure or compost to give your strawberry plants a good start, with amendments again in the spring. Keep your plants well watered until they are established (but don’t overdo) and up to fruiting time. Strawberries can also be planted in tubs, containers and hanging baskets. In addition to being low in fat and calories, strawberries are naturally high in fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants, making them a sweet choice that advances heart health, reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, and gives a boost to total body (and mind) wellness. *Easy to Grow*Delicious Fruit*Drought Tolerant .
The Best Blueberry for Containers! Enjoy fresh blueberries no matter where you live! The Top Hat Blueberry is a perfect choice for small spaces, containers and even bonsai! This self pollinating dwarf hybrid will explode with white blossoms in spring, and then becomes a prolific producer of full-sized, delectable fruit that you can eat fresh or use for pies, muffins, cobblers, jams, preserves, and syrup. Blueberries are extremely nutritious and have a high vitamin and antioxidant content. Every year they get more expensive at the grocery store … so why not grow your own? It will pay for itself with the first harvest in July and August. ‘Top Hat’ can be grown in-ground or in a large pot, in full sun or part shade; After your harvest, you can enjoy the handsome, leathery leaves, which turn a ruddy bronze. Bonsai enthusiasts rave about how ‘Top Hat’ will even produce flowers and fruit in a bonsai dish! Imagine picking your own healthy, delicious blueberries. It’s a great experience for the whole family and you’ll have plenty to share with friends..
Best-selling Pink Grapefruit If you can only grow one citrus tree, Rio Red should be it! This huge, heat loving grapefruit has an amazing sweet taste that is almost addicting. Eat it fresh for breakfast or as a dessert. Bake it in a tart. Toss it in a salad. Stir it in a sangria. Squeeze it for juice – you won’t even need to add sugar. Rio Red is the gold standard in pink grapefruit. The pretty trees are easy to care for and attractive in the landscape. It is naturally dwarf, so it will fit into even the smallest garden. It is a strong grower and the healthy three-year-old trees Nature Hills ships are garden ready. The leaves are green year-round. The fruit turns from green to yellow and gets a sweet pink blush when the fruit ripens. Rio Red should be in every garden in places that are citrus friendly. In cold winter areas, grow this sweet dwarf in pots. Put a few around your patio and bring them in to a sunny room in the winter. You will have so much fruit you’ll have a kitchen full and still be sharing it with family and friends. Order your today! * Exceptionally sweet fruit * Heavy yield * Naturally dwarf .
The Beta Grape, Vitis ‘Beta’, has compact clusters of medium-sized berries. Beta is a blue-black grape with good quality fruit for jellies, jams and juices. It is a vigorous grower that is a very heavy, dependable producer. Ripening in mid September, Beta is a small, seeded American grape variety and a woody, deciduous, tendril climbing vine which typically grows 15-20′ long unless pruned shorter. It is best grown in deep, loamy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. It is extremely cold hardy, but needs a location sheltered from winter winds and well removed from frost pockets. It has been grown in Finland and Minnesota. Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where they provide good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, showy fruit, some fall color and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. Grapes need a good support system like fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures. The grape vines can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home. Considered to be a good grape for juices and jellies. The flowers are attractive to bees. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share. * Blue Black Grape* Dependable Producer* Cold Hardy.
Resistant to Late Freezes Powder Blue Blueberry, Vaccinium ashei ‘Powder Blue’, is a deciduous shrub that produces delicious, healthy fruit. Plant several for an eye-catching hedge along your home, or even just one to partake of its amazing fruit. Your Powder Blue Blueberry will produce delicate white flowers in late spring/early summer. This is especially wonderful, not just for its beauty but because a late bloom helps protect your blueberry bush from late freezes. Ripening mid to late season, the berries are large and light blue. The effect of the clusters (of up to 50), of pretty berries against the green foliage is enchanting, only contributed to by the powdered look of the berries (as if sprinkled with fairy dust as they await the excitement of the harvest). Foliage hues of red and yellow in fall round out the ornamental display of this exceptional blueberry bush. Powder Blue Blueberry is a rabbiteye type, so named because the berries are pink before transitioning to their ripe blue. Rabbiteye blueberries are known for being sweeter, hardier and have a tendency to freeze better. Blueberries are also known overall for their health benefits, filled with vitamins and antioxidants among other beneficial attributes. Powder Blue Blueberry is a deciduous shrub that will grow 6 to 10 feet in height. It has an upright nature and is quite hardy overall. Powder Blue will adapt to a variety of soil types and is generally long lived. Cross-pollination will give you the best crop, so plant it with other blueberry bushes for optimal performance. Powder Blue Blueberry is not only delicious and lovely, but will even avoid being damaged by late freezes. It’s an exceptional blueberry variety to be sure, and one you won’t want to miss this year! * High yielding * Spring flowers * Mid to late season fruit * High yielding * Hardy * Adaptive to a variety of soils.
Popular Seedless Grape is Very Cold Hardy The Niagara Grape (White), Vitis labrusca ‘Niagara’ , is a seedless grape that is commonly used for wines, champagnes, jams/jellies and juice. The Niagara grape was introduced in 1868 and has a very sweet taste that makes it perfect to serve fresh on the table. Niagara Grapes are the leading green grape grown in the United States. Most American consumers recognize the Niagara as the source of most white grape juice. the Niagara Grapes are full of vitamins and antioxidants that help keep us healthy. The Niagara grapes are very cold hardy, thriving in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 to 8, and will produce vigorously for 20 years or more. The best planting area for grape vines is where they receive full sun with good air circulation. Niagara Grapes can grow from 15 to 20 feet tall. It is best to provide young plants with some wind protection and planting on the south side of a building or windbreak works best. Niagara Grapes are climbing vines so it’s best if they are trained on a trellis, pergolas, fences, arbors or around patios. Grape vines require a deep soil that drains well. Keeping a pH level of 5.5 to 7.0 is ideal. Excessively wet or dry soils should be avoided. Work the soil to remove weeds and add humus such as peat moss, compost, or aged manure to improve soil quality. Home grown grapes are fresher and generally taste better when picked straight from the vine. Order your today and start enjoying your home grown Niagara Grapes! * Green Seedless Grape* Vigorous Grower* Long Lived .
‘Ft. Laramie’ is a super-sturdy, everbearing cultivar that produces a smaller, but more constant, supply of berries through the season. The winter-hardy, perennial plants are resistant to leaf spot and yield sizable harvests of good-sized fruit with firm texture and a strong, sweet strawberry flavor. The more sun they get, the more they produce, so choose a site that gets full sun (a minimum of six hours a day). Suggestion: Pinch the blooms off for the first 2 months on an everbearing strawberry to increase your harvest. If your plants get blooms in the first year, you can increase the following years harvest by pinching those blooms off. Fertile, well-drained soil will give you the best flavor. ‘Ft. Laramie’ can also be planted in tubs, containers and hanging baskets. Strawberries are nutritionally heart-healthy cancer-fighters, and are naturally low in calories, so plant enough for freezing —the flavor of home-grown strawberries will be most welcome in January! NOTE: Locate your strawberry patch away from areas where you have previously grown peppers, tomatoes, eggplant or potatoes. These plants can harbor verticillium wilt, which is devastating to strawberries. Zones 3-9..
Huge Delicious Fruit and Beautiful Fall Color Good cold hardiness and consistent crops of The Patriot’s gigantic fruit make this tops on the blueberry plant list. Expect 10-20 pounds of luscious berries from just one bush! The Patriot Blueberry will give you lovely, bell-shaped, white flowers in May; delicious, exceptionally nutritious fruit in July and a show of bright orange color in fall. The Patriot has huge (quarter-size), tart, dusky fruit bursting with true blueberry flavor, coming earlier than some other varieties, in late July. It is a highbush blueberry cultivar which typically grows at least 4’ tall or more, a perfect choice for a living fence. Blueberries cost a small fortune; grow your own and eat them right off the bush, or use them in cobbler, muffins, jam, jelly or syrup. Be sure to get several so you can share some with your feathered friends. Self-pollinating. * Huge Fruit* Fall Color* Large Bush.
Self Fertile Abundant Currants The Consort Black Currant is a deciduous shrub bearing edible fruit. It would look lovely in a naturalized area, as a group planting, or as a single specimen plant in your yard. Your Consort Black Current will certainly provide succulent fruit, but it’s also a lovely ornamental bush. White, bell-shaped flowers hang from the plant in 1-2 inch clusters in the spring. These floral beauties also emit a pleasing, sweet fragrance that will attract bees and butterflies to your yard. Even without your Currant’s floral artistry, its light green foliage gives your shrub a lively, vital appearance. As the blooms of your Black Currant fade, clusters of ¼ inch berries ripen into a glossy ebony. Just imagine popping one into your mouth for that explosion of tart-sweet flavor that only the Black Currant is prized for! Make into preserves, pies or wine and still have lots left over to share with friends and family because your Black Currant will be a high producer every year. Before the leaves of your Currant drop for winter, it will gift you with one more treat in the form of a blazing display of reds and yellows as it casts off it summer plumage. Your Black Currant will grow to about 6 feet in height with an equal spread. It’s self-fertile, so you can just have one if you like and still get a great harvest. The Consort Black Currant is a beautiful shrub that requires little care and yet provides a bountiful harvest. What more could you ask for in a garden shrub! * High Producer* Spring Flowers and Fall Color * Self Fertile.