Our top five favourite berry fruit
We've pulled together a list of our favourite berry fruit. They're all easy to grow at home in the garden, but can also work well planted in large containers, troughs or half wine barrels placed on your deck.
You don’t need a lot of space to enjoy sweet, delicious home-grown fruit. With the prices of mature fruit being pretty steep, you’ll also save a buck or two by growing them at home.
Blueberries are hardy and tolerant to cold temperatures. They form a mounding shrub, with a habit that can be trimmed into a hedge. Consider using them as an ornamental shrub. Some varieties are self-fertile, however it’s always a good idea to plant a few together to encourage better pollination, and you can never have too many blueberries! Blueberries are an ideal container plant.
For more information check out our Easy As guide on How to grow Blueberries.
Sweet juicy raspberries are delicious and very easy to grow at home. Creating your own raspberry patch is a great addition to any home garden, and they also grow in containers easily. A wine barrel is the perfect container as the plants need plenty of room for the roots to develop to enable themselves to support the fruiting stems. It’s also a good idea to add your own support for taller stems, to keep the fruit from falling to the ground and taking the stem with it.
Get the know-how by watching our guide here, it’s Easy As.
Blackberries are fast growing and available in thornless varieties. These plants will pump out ample piles of fruit without taking over the garden. They’re very cold-hardy but they do best planted in full sun. Since they can grow quite tall, make sure they’re sheltered from wind or have something to support them.
Large super-sweet berries appear on tall rambling stems. Plant in a spot where the stems can be supported year-round. In autumn, the foliage turns from dark green to rich plum-red, making the plant very attractive presence in your garden. Allow at least two metres of width when planting. Prune to limit the size of the plant as required.
Super sweet and nutritious, strawberries are one of the most popular summer fruits. Plus, they're pretty easy to grow if you plant and care for them right. Remember – the more the sun they get every day, the more flavoursome they’ll be when you harvest.
Check out our tips on How to grow Strawberries.