Raspberry relatives with great flowers
The oddly-named salmonberry is a brilliant way for those with small gardens to grow a decent fruit crop while not compromising on flowers and good looks.
Related to the raspberry, these North American berries are a fantastic way for beginners to grow decorative fruit in their garden.
Salmonberry Pacific Rose has large, raspberry-like fruits which are yellow-orange to bright red in colour, sweet and firm and are ideal for snacking or for jam. The flowers are an intense pink and appear in large numbers.
It is shrub-like, upright, 1.5 to 2 m high, slightly spiked, forming runners, but is still a fairly compact bush, totally hardy. It prefers moist sites and also thrives in shaded areas.
They mature before the first summer raspberries, from about mid-June and cost £4.90 for well rooted vigorous plants in 1.3-litre pots.
Salmonberry Olympic Double has the rich ruby redness of a raspberry, with spectacular double bright pink flowers like an English rose. It matures after Pacific Rose, at the same time as the earliest summer raspberries. Each plant also costs £4.90.
Olympic Double produces slightly less fruit than Pacific Rose because the double flowers lead to more difficult pollination. The shrubby, upright plants grow up to 1.5m high, weaker growing than Pacific Rose, and thrives in shaded areas.
Both have varying levels of spines, so don’t plant near a path!
Lubera recommends you plant both varieties at the same time for an extended flowering and fruiting season.
Plants can be ordered now for delivery in March, visit www.lubera.co.uk.