Evergreen, Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries
These shrubs bear urn-shaped flowers and fleshy, berrylike fruit. They all need moist, acid soil rich in organic matter. Smaller kinds are favored for rock gardens and woodland plantings. Larger kinds are good companions for other acid-loving shrubs such as rhododendrons and azaleas.Gaultheria procumbens
Native to eastern North America. Creeping stems send up erect branches to 6 in. high, with oval, 2-in., glossy dark green leaves clustered toward the tips. Foliage emits a strong wintergreen odor when bruised and turns reddish with winter cold. Small pinkish white summer flowers are followed by scarlet berries. Both berries and foliage have the flavor of wintergreen (or teaberry). Use as a groundcover; plant 1 ft. apart.
‘Macrocarpa’ is a compact variety bearing a heavy crop of fruit.
‘Red Baron’ has notably large fruits.
From Europe. Leaves have no obvious stems. Elegant plant to 1 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, blooming Ch...
Native to eastern North America. Creeping stems send up erect branches to 6 in. high, with oval, 2-in....
Native to Siberia and Japan. Foliage clump to 2 ft. tall and wide, with 3–4-ft. flower stalks in...