Growing Strawberries? Try These Choices

Grow these glistening strawberries in your garden beds, containers and baskets.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Mary Beth Shaddix

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Mary Beth Shaddix

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of nwplants.com

'Albion' Strawberry

A great choice for beginners, the 'Albion' strawberry is an everbearing, disease- and heat-resistant variety with sweet fruits that are perfect for fresh eating or desserts.

'Mara des Bois' Strawberry

'Mara des Bois' is a everbearing strawberry developed in France. It boasts large, sweet and aromatic berries with a flavor similar to wild strawberries on a plant that produces throughout summer, and even fall in many regions.

Strawberry 'Eversweet'

An everbearing variety that continually produces plump strawberries through summer and fall, 'Eversweet' is a reliable performer. Line ornamental and edible beds with plants, or use as a productive groundcover.

'Flamenco' Everbearing Strawberry

'Flamenco' is an everbearing variety that produces a heavy crop of large, sweet fruits. It typically starts producing juicy berries in May and doesn't stop until October or November in many regions.

'Elegance' Strawberry

'Elegance' is a strawberry variety that produces bright orange-red berries with a very uniformly conic shape. The berries have good skin strength and shed rain very effectively. Flavor is best when berries are mature and fully red.

Alpine Strawberry

Alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca var. sempervirens) may be a fraction of the size of more common varieties, but they are aromatic and deliciously sweet. The plants don't produce many runners and stay small, making them great for containers. 

Strawberry 'Tristan'

This eye-catching pink blossom is a must-have for your patio garden. Grow 'Tristan' in pots or window boxes for a bloom so hot pink that it looks false in film. A sweet addition for a children's container garden, too.

'Cambridge Favorite' Strawberry

The 'Cambridge Favourite' produces sweet berries that can be left on the plant longer than most without rotting.

'Domanil' Strawberry

'Domanil' is a vigorous, leafy plant and produces masses of large, dark red berries in midsummer.

'Elsanta' Strawberry

The 'Elsanta' is a very popular variety in Europe, featuring large, orange-red berries that provide a bumper crop in midsummer.

'Sonata' June-Bearing Strawberry

You'll get an abundant harvest with the 'Sonata' strawberry. Its sweet, light red berries are ripe for picking in midsummer.

'White Soul' Alpine Strawberry

'White Soul' is an alpine strawberry variety that produces tiny, cream-colored fruits on a vigorous, 6-inch everbearing plant. Their sweet flavor is said to be similar to pineapples. 

Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)

Choose beach strawberry for an edible groundcover in sunny areas of your yard. Plants prefer well-drained soil and thrive in sandy soil—hence the name beach strawberry. Count on this native for controlling soil erosion in sandy soils or providing an eye-catching edging along planting beds. Beach strawberry is hardy in Zones 5 to 10 and bears small berries packed with sweetness. Net plants to preserve berries for your table. Otherwise, birds and critters will feast on fruit.