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Best Berries to Grow in Your Garden

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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,
Michigan
Richard Moyer
Briston,
Tennessee
Charlie Edwards
Ruston,
Louisiana
Duane Reynolds
New Hope,
Minnesota
Doreen Howard
Angleton,
Texas
Kerrie Badertscher
Boulder,
Colorado
Kathy Fives
Canby,
Oregon
Claude Sweet
San Diego,
California
Strawberry ‘Tristar’
Best flavor of any.
‘Earliglow’ ‘Quinalt’ ‘Tristar’
Tolerant of weather extremes.
‘Chandler’
Sweet, big, and keeps on producing.
‘Ogallala’
‘Tristar’
‘Tristar’ ‘Chandler’
Blueberry
(x pollinator)
‘Northblue x Northsky’
(half-high)
‘Jersey x Berkley’
(highbush)
‘Tiffblue x Woodard’
(rabbiteye)
‘Tiffblue x Woodard’
(rabbiteye)
The best!
‘Kay Gray x Northblue’
(half-high)
Pleasure to eat.
‘Beckyblue x Aliceblue’
(rabbiteye)
Not recommended. Plant serviceberry* instead. ‘Sunshine Blue’ ‘Bluecrop’
(highbush)


Bluecrop has large, high-quality fruit; disease-resistant.
‘Premier x Powderblue’
(rabbiteye)
Raspberry ‘Canby’ You can count on it every year. ‘Heritage’ Bulletproof. Not recommended. ‘Fallgold’
(yellow)
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’
gooseberry
‘Jhonkeer van Tets’
red currant


Gooseberries and currants love our cool summers.
‘Jennybelle’
serviceberry*
‘Crandall’
clove currant


‘Crandall’ is disease-resistant and takes the heat and cold.
Not recommended. ‘Minnesota 71’
red currant
‘Pixwell’
gooseberry
Not recommended. ‘Pembina’
serviceberry*


‘Consort’
black currant


‘Cherry’
red currant


‘Welcome’
gooseberry
‘Smokey’
serviceberry*


‘Koralle’
lingonberry


‘Pilgrim’
cranberry


‘Poorman’
gooseberry

 
Not recommended.

 

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

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