Best Berries to Grow in Your Garden

Backyard Berries


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Here’s a great chart listing the best berries to grow in your garden by region and by variety of berries, including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

If you want to grow sweet, tasty berries, it’s important to choose types and varieties for the climate and conditions of your area.

A berry that thrives in New England, for example, may struggle in the West, and in some parts of the country, a particular type of berry may not grow at all.

Berry Recommendations by Region

Here are some regional recommendations.

*Note: Serviceberry is also known as saskatoon and Juneberry.

Region New England - Upper Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic - Ohio Valley Southeast Upper Midwest - Canada Texas - Oklahoma Rockies & High Plains Northwest Southwest
Grower Stella Otto
Maple City,
Richard Moyer
Charlie Edwards
Duane Reynolds
New Hope,
Doreen Howard
Kerrie Badertscher
Kathy Fives
Claude Sweet
San Diego,
Strawberry ‘Tristar’
Best flavor of any.
‘Earliglow’ ‘Quinalt’ ‘Tristar’
Tolerant of weather extremes.
Sweet, big, and keeps on producing.
‘Tristar’ ‘Chandler’
(x pollinator)
‘Northblue x Northsky’
‘Jersey x Berkley’
‘Tiffblue x Woodard’
‘Tiffblue x Woodard’
The best!
‘Kay Gray x Northblue’
Pleasure to eat.
‘Beckyblue x Aliceblue’
Not recommended. Plant serviceberry* instead. ‘Sunshine Blue’ ‘Bluecrop’

Bluecrop has large, high-quality fruit; disease-resistant.

‘Premier x Powderblue’
Raspberry ‘Canby’ You can count on it every year. ‘Heritage’ Bulletproof. Not recommended. ‘Fallgold’
Sweet and juicy.
Not recommended. ‘Plainsman’
(red fall-bearer)
‘Canby’ Sweet and full-flavored. Not recommended.
Blackberry ‘Chester Thornless’ ‘Navajo’ Big berries and thornless. ‘Navajo’ Large berries. Not recommended. ‘Rosborough’ Small seeds in berries. Not recommended. ‘Chester Thornless’ ‘Cherokee’
Other Berries ‘Hinnomaki Yellow’
‘Jhonkeer van Tets’
red currant

Gooseberries and currants love our cool summers.

clove currant

‘Crandall’ is disease-resistant and takes the heat and cold.

Not recommended. ‘Minnesota 71’
red currant
Not recommended. ‘Pembina’

black currant

red currant







Not recommended.


You can find growing guides to all our berries and other backyard edibles here.

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Why are raspberries not

Why are raspberries not recommended to be grown in SW and SE states like CA and FL?

raspberry requirements

Raspberries don’t do as well in areas with higher temperatures. Areas along the coast of hotter regions, where temperatures are more moderate, may work OK. Raspberries prefer temps in the lower 70s, and about 6 or more hours of sunlight. The plants also require a chilling period in winter for best production during the growing season, and some mild climates may not provide that. 

Best Berries to Grow in your Garden

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Do red raspberries have a

Do red raspberries have a need for egg shells in the soil?

We're not sure what you're

We're not sure what you're asking. Raspberries prefer a deep, well-drained, sandy loam soil. At least 5% organic matter is helpful.
Eggshells can be added to compost as a mix of organic ingredients if the shells are dried and ground as fine as possible before adding. If using compost, you'd want to mix into the soil int he late fall or early winter.
We generally use eggshells to prevent slugs from feeding on plants such as lettuce.

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