Edible Displays: Beautiful Berries
Combine a range of summer berries in containers to create a beautiful display of stems, leaves, flowers and fruits throughout the year.
2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited
Choose a variety of fruits for a sweet harvest right through summer, and select compact cultivars that are suitable for growing in pots. This combination of an unusual red-fruited gooseberry, a thornless blackberry with double pink flowers, and two different blueberry cultivars to ensure a good crop, would look great on any patio or balcony. Boost the summer color as the fruits ripen with bedding plants, such as Torenia.
Step 1: Choose Containers
Select large pots that are at least 12 inches in diameter and suit an area convenient for picking. Use acidic compost for blueberries and soil-based compost for other fruit bushes. These plants will require full sun.
Step 2: Go Shopping
Buy the following summer berries: one Blueberry ‘Patriot’, one Blueberry ‘Bluecrop’, one Blackberry ‘Loch Maree’, three Torenia plants and one Gooseberry ‘Hinnomaki Red’.
Step 3: Plant Berries
Select four large containers with drainage holes in their bases. Plant the gooseberry and blackberry in separate pots filled with soil-based compost. Be careful not to bury plants any deeper than they were planted in their original pots. Plant the blueberries in acidic compost. When there is no risk of frost, plant the Torenia around the fruit bushes. Keep pots well watered. Apply an all-purpose granular fertilizer in spring to the blackberries and gooseberries, and a slow-release fertilizer for acid-loving plants to the blueberries. Repot all fruit bushes every two years.