Berry bushes are almost a perfect addition to your landscaping. They are relatively easy to grow, requiring little more than a patch of full sun and some well drained soil. Raspberry and blackberry are the two most common berry bushes that are planted in backyard landscape designs. Currant and gooseberries are shrubby berry bushes and grow from 5 to 7 feet tall. They can grow on many soil types, but require moist soil. The fruit is too tart to be eaten right off the bush and must be cooked for pies, jams and preserves. Don’t plan currants or gooseberry bushes if you have white or five needle pines because both of these bushes are hosts for white pine blister rust, a disease that attacks five needle pines.
Select your berry bushes to complement your overall landscaping theme. Raspberries come in three main types; red, purple and black. Red raspberries have erect canes and are propagated by suckers. Black raspberries have arched canes that root at the tips. Purple raspberries are hybrids of red and black varieties.
Blackberries come in varieties such as boysenberries, ollalieberries, loganberries and youngberries. Boysenberries are reddish black with an aroma and flavor similar to raspberries. Ollalieberries are slightly longer and more slender than the boysenberry and are a cross between black, logan and youngberries.
There are a variety of berry bushes that you can use for your landscaping. Pick the color and the berry that is your favorite when choosing your berry bush.