10 best berries to plant now

These tidy, small-space friendly plants give a big summer bounty

Planting and Care

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Planting and Care

Buy

Shop for bare-root plants now. If you can’t find what you want, ask your nursery to order from a grower.

Prep

Store bare-root plants in moist newspaper ​until you are ready to plant; submerge the roots in a bucket of ​water the night before planting.

Plant

Amend the soil with compost, then dig a planting hole that’s wide enough for the roots to spread out evenly. Spacing varies by variety, so consult the plant tags; avoid overcrowding.

Tend

Berries appreciate some afternoon shade. Give them all regular water.

‘Raspberry Shortcake’ Raspberry

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‘Raspberry Shortcake’ Raspberry 

Topping out at just 12 to 24 inches high and wide, this plant thrives in a large container without trellising.

'Mara des Bois' Strawberry

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'Mara des Bois' Strawberry

Our Test Garden design assistant, Lauren Dunec, calls this variety’s flavor “the essence of a strawberry.” It’s a favorite at Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse.

‘Apache’ Thornless Blackberry

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‘Apache’ Thornless Blackberry

In summer, these 6- to 8-foot-tall plants yield hefty crops. The upright canes are thornless. Train them on stakes that are 4 feet apart.

‘Sequoia’ Strawberry

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‘Sequoia’ Strawberry 

Large red berries of this June-bearing variety taste sweeter than most you can buy at the ​grocery store.

‘Seascape’ Strawberry

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‘Seascape’ Strawberry

This everbearing variety produces large, juicy berries all summer. It does exceptionally well along the coast. Plant in containers or in the ground.

‘Indian Summer’ Raspberry

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‘Indian Summer’ Raspberry

This raspberry grows 5 to 6 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide; it needs trellising to stay tidy. Plants produce both a spring and fall crop of berries.

‘Bountiful Blue’ Blueberry

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‘Bountiful Blue’ Blueberry

A great choice for small gardens, this compact plant (3 to 4 feet tall and wide) produces a giant crop of sweet berries and ornamental foliage.

‘Jelly Bean’ Blueberry

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‘Jelly Bean’ Blueberry

This plant has a spherical shape that’s pretty in a pot. “It’s as neat as a boxwood,” Dunec says. Berries ripen from early to midsummer.

Musk Variety Strawberry

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Musk Variety Strawberry

The best way to get these tasty, aromatic berries—so fragile they rarely show up at markets—is to grow them yourself. Plants spread by runners.

‘Golden Alexandria’ Alpine Strawberry

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‘Golden Alexandria’ Alpine Strawberry 

You’ll get tiny red berries all summer long from these everbearing plants. Lime green leaves brighten up the understory of shaded beds.

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