A Guide to Soft Fruits

Use this simple guide to soft fruits, like strawberries, blueberries and currants, to help you select the best crops for your garden and containers.

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Strawberry ‘Christine’

An early cropping cultivar, with large, juicy fruits, ‘Christine’ is ideal for growing in pots. It has also been bred with good resistance to the common diseases, verticillium wilt and powdery mildew, that attack plants.

Strawberry ‘Lucy’

A new mid-season cultivar that reliably produces excellent yields of deep red, glossy, sugary fruit. It has been bred to tolerate wet summer conditions, which cause many other strawberries to rot or fail to ripen.

Strawberry 'Malling Pearl'

Plant ever-bearing strawberries, such as 'Malling Pearl', in spring and they will produce a steady supply of fruit from summer to fall. This variety bears red, conical fruits with firm, juicy flesh and a sweet flavor.

Alpine Strawberry

These tough little plants produce small fruits all summer, with a more subtle flavor than larger strawberries. Plants are easy to grow from seed sown in spring or from runners in summer, and will crop year after year.

Blackberry ‘Ouachita’

A relatively new thornless blackberry with attractive erect canes that are easy to train, ‘Ouachita’ produces high yields of large, sweet, dark berries each summer. This cultivar is also resistant to disease.

Blackberry ‘Navaho’

This late-cropping blackberry cultivar produces clusters of huge, sugary-sweet berries. The thornless canes make it ideal for pots and the fruits are easy to pick.

Blackberry ‘Loch Ness’

Compact and thornless, this blackberry is easy to manage where space is limited. The berries are larger than most, ripen to a lovely dark color and have a sweet flavor.

Blackberry ‘Waldo’

'Waldo' is an excellent compact, thornless blackberry, ideal for growing in large containers in small gardens. This early season cultivar produces a generous crop of long, sweet, full-flavored berries.

Gooseberry ‘Hinnomaki Red’

Used as a culinary gooseberry, but often sweet enough to eat fresh, these unusual red fruits have a delicious aromatic flavor. The neat bushes also offer good resistance to American gooseberry mildew.

Gooseberry ‘Invicta’

Popular thanks to its resistance to American gooseberry mildew and bumper crops of large, pale green berries, the tasty fruit of ‘Invicta’ is often too tart to eat raw but makes great jams, chutneys and crisps.

Blueberry ‘Bluetta’

'Bluetta' is ideal for cooler climates because it blooms later than other cultivars, reducing the chance of frost damage, yet still ripens early, producing good yields of sweet fruits. The plants are compact and have red fall leaves.

Blueberry ‘Jersey’

This popular late-cropping blueberry is easy to grow and tolerant of a range of soils. The abundant berries are quite small but sweet, making them perfect for cooking.

Blueberry ‘Berkeley’

A good choice for a sheltered spot, this blueberry will not crop well in cool regions. The juicy berries are produced quite late and bushes also sport bright yellow stems that look good in winter.

Blueberry ‘Coville’

For several weeks during the summer, clusters of large, purple-blue berries weigh down the branches of this upright, mid-season blueberry. The fruits have excellent flavor and keep particularly well in the fridge.

Blueberry ‘Spartan’

Early cropping and vigorous, this blueberry has large berries with a distinctive sweet, tangy flavor. It makes an attractive upright bush with large leaves that turn orange and yellow in the fall.

Blueberry ‘Herbert’

Widely considered to be one of the tastiest blueberries, this cultivar bears heavy crops of extremely large, mid-blue berries on a vigorous bush. The plant’s upright habit is ideal for pots in small gardens or on patios.

White Currant ‘Blanka’

One of the most reliable and prolific white currants, ‘Blanka’ produces an abundance of yellowish-white berries on long trusses that ripen in midsummer and are sweet enough to eat fresh or to make into preserves.

Red Currant ‘Red Lake’

'Red Lake' is a popular red currant prized for its generous crops of deliciously flavored ruby-red fruits. Berries form on long strings that make them easy to pick, and they can be stored by freezing or making preserves.

Red Currant ‘Jonkheer van Tets’

One of the earliest red currants to crop in summer, this tough cultivar produces reliable yields of plump, juicy, glowing red fruits that look attractive hanging among the bright green foliage.

Red Currant ‘Rovada’

A late-cropping red currant with good resistance to disease, this cultivar bears abundant, large, jewel-like berries on long trusses that are easy to pick. These fruits have an excellent flavor, ideal for desserts.

Black Currant ‘Ben Sarek’

The compact nature of this cultivar makes it well suited to growing in pots. It also has good mildew resistance and produces an abundant crop of full-flavored fruits, which are perfect for freezing or jam-making.

Black Currant ‘Ben Lomond’

Late flowering allows this mid-season cultivar to set good crops in areas that suffer from late frosts. Heavy yields of large, tasty berries are borne on short strings, but plants can be susceptible to mildew.

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