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When the seasons change from Spring to Summer, we all look to the garden to see how nature transitions and ushers in a new family of blooms. With Summer a month away now is the perfect time to add some sweet fruit to your garden bed- introducing Bushel & Berry a unique collection of compact, ornamental and self-pollinating berry plants!

Adding fresh berries to your backyard gives great opportunity to incorporate them into all your Summer recipes-whether its to start your day with a home-grown smoothie, adding some sweetness to your salad, or whipping up a pie to serve as a tasty treat!

Bushel & Berry offers a wide variety of blueberry plants based on your flavour and foliage preference, as well as blackberry and raspberry plants. Let’s learn a little more about each variety:

Blueberry Myrtille: Peach Sorbet

Peach Sorbet is a compact blueberry with stunning peach, pink, orange and emerald green leaves. White bell-shaped flowers appear in the Spring, leading to an abundant Summer crop. A non-stop display, this plant will keep its leaves throughout Winter and turn a rich eggplant purple.

  • Zones: 5-10
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Size: 1 ½ – 2’ Tall, Mounded
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Berry Size: Medium
  • Fruit Season: Summer
  • Berry Flavour: Sweet, Tropical, Essence
  • Growing/Caring Notes:
    • Acidic soil (pH 4.5 – 5.5)
    • Good drainage
    • Fertilize early Spring with a granular/ liquid acid fertilizer
    • In Spring, prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune out fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.

Blueberry Myrtille: Blueberry Glaze

With its boxwood like shape able foliage, Blueberry Glaze is a treat unlike any other! In Spring, white flowers ripen into a dramatic display of colour as the berries turn yellow, to red, then a dark blue!

  • Zones: 5-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Size: 2-3’ Tall, Bushy, Mounded
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Berry Size: Small
  • Fruit Season: Summer
  • Berry Flavour: Wild, Aromatic
  • Growing/Care Notes:
    • Acidic Soil (pH 4.5-5.5)
    • Good drainage
    • Fertilize early Spring with a granular/liquid acid fertilizer
    • In Spring, prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune out fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.

Blueberry Myrtille: Perpetua

Perpetua has a unique nature; in that, it produces two crops of delicious blueberries! The first fruit will appear in mid-Summer and then the plant will flower and set fruit a second time in the Fall. The dark green leaves turn to deep red in the Winter, making it a beautiful year- long addition to any landscape.

  • Zones: 4-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Size: 4-5’ Tall, Vase shaped
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Berry Size: Small
  • Fruit Season: Summer
  • Berry Flavour: Mild and Sweet
  • Growing/Care Notes:
    • Acidic Soil (pH 4.5-5.5)
    • Good drainage
    • Fertilize early Spring with a granular/ liquid acid fertilizer
    • In Spring, prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune out fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.

Blueberry Myrtille: Pink Icing

Pink Icing has breathtaking foliage colours and large, robust flavoured berries. In Spring, the foliage has many shades of pink, mixed with blue and deep greens, turning a stunning iridescent turquoise blue in the Winter.

  • Zones: 5-10
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Size: 3-4’ Tall, Mounded
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Berry Size: Large
  • Fruit Season: Summer
  • Berry Flavour: Sweet and Robust
  • Growing/Care Notes:
    • Acidic Soil (pH 4.5-5.5)
    • Fertilize early Spring with a granular/liquid acid fertilizer
    • In Spring, prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune out fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.

Blueberry Myrtille: Jelly Bean

Large flavourful blueberries that taste like homemade blueberry jelly. Jelly Bean foliage has unique, elongated green leaves with highlights of red in cooler climates.

  • Zones: 4-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Size: 1-2’ Tall, Mounded
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Berry Size: Medium to Large
  • Fruit Season: Summer
  • Berry Flavour: Sweet, Like Homemade Jelly
  • Growing/Care Notes:
    • Acidic Soil (pH 4.5-5.5)
    • Good drainage
    • Fertilize early Spring with a granular/liquid acid fertilizer
    • In Spring, prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune out fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.

Black Berry Mure: Baby Cakes

Baby Cakes is a dwarf and thornless blackberry plant. Its compact habit makes it perfect for patio pots. In Summer, large berries present in firework-like displays of fruit. In most regions, this blackberry will produce twice in one season.

  • Zones: 4-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Size: 3-4’ Tall, Rounded
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Berry Size: Large
  • Fruit Season: Summer and Fall
  • Berry Flavour: Sweet, Classic
  • Growing/Care Notes:
    • Neutral soil (pH 6.5-7.5)
    • Good drainage
    • Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer in early Spring
    • Only prune dead canes with no new growth in the Spring. Pruning new canes can affect fruiting.

Raspberry: Raspberry Shortcake

Raspberry Shortcake is a revolutionary thornless raspberry. Its compact nature and rounded growth habit thrive in both a patio pot or in the landscape.

  • Zones: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Size: 2-3’ Tall, Dense, Mounded
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Berry Size: Medium
  • Fruit Season: Summer
  • Berry Flavour: Sweet, Vanilla Essence
  • Growing/Care Notes:
    • Neutral soil (pH 6.5-7.5)
    • Good drainage
    • Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer in early Spring
    • Only prune dead canes with no new growth in the Spring, pruning new canes can affect fruiting.

Have some favourite Berry recipes of your own? Or had no idea there were that many different types of blueberry varieties? We learnt a little ourselves! We would love to hear from you, so be sure to comment below and let us know which berry plant you plan on trying out this year!   


Berry Variety Description & Images:https://www.bushelandberry.com

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for a workshop this year!

We find so much joy in passing on our knowledge and witnessing so much natural creativity. Please check back in the Spring for our next workshop series, and in the meantime happy crafting!

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