You've heard the saying "good things come in small packages"? Well this collection of pint-sized berry BrazelBerries seem sure to prove the point! I have all three tucked safely inside my vegetable garden (to thwart the deer) and can't wait to snack on these treats in summer.
BrazelBerries 'Raspberry Shortcake'. I like raspberries – a lot, so this really caught my eye. What makes it unique? It's thornless, doesn't require staking and forms an attractive mounding plant 2-3' tall and wide. When was the last time you heard a raspberry plant described as attractive? And just look at that foliage! In Oregon the growers have found that the summer foliage takes on a wild technicolor look with red tints. They're not sure yet if this will be a universal feature – hope so! This would be perfect in a large patio container where you can snack from the comfort of a chair. The super-sweet, medium sized fruit is borne mid-summer.
Full sun. Fruits on new canes. Hardy in zones 5-9
BrazelBerries 'Peach Sorbet'. No it's not a peach tree. This is actually a 'peach of a blueberry' and like all blueberries is a true four season star in the garden. This compact, mounding bush starts the year with vibrant new foliage in shades of pinky-peach moving through orange and emerald. White spring flowers are followed by yummy fat fruit. 'Peach Sorbet' is evergreen in most climates but the leaves turn to a rich purple as temperatures drop. My kind of foliage! Great patio or hedging plant at just 2' tall and wide
Full sun. Acidic soil. Fruits on new canes. Hardy in zones 5-10.
BrazelBerries 'Jelly Bean'. Described by the growers as "a charming little puffball of a blueberry", how could I resist?! The bush may only be 1-2' tall and wide but promises to yield a bumper crop of large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer. All blueberries have fabulous foliage and this one is no exception. Brilliant green new growth becomes darker and infused with red as the season progresses. This could be a delightful and delicious alternative to a dwarf boxwood hedge around a herb garden but is also ideal for a pot.
Full sun, acidic soil. Fruits on new canes. Hardy in zones 4-8
Monrovia has been selected as one of the exclusive growers for the BrazelBerries so you know these are going to be high quality. They will debut in independent garden centers this spring and are also available by mail order from White Flower Farm now
Join me for a summer berry-fest!
All photo courtesy of BrazelBerries