A sure sign of spring is usually the first deliveries of plants for the woodland garden. First up this year is four packages from the German nursery "Erzgebirgische Wildobstzucht Jörg Müller" (www.wildobstschnecke.de), who have an exciting range of mainly woody perennial edible plants.
The table below shows the new additions to the growing collection in the forest garden that came with your order. In addition to the eight hazel resorts we already test grow under our growing conditions, there have been four new varieties: The purple, a variety with purple leaves, Eckige Barceloner a big fruity variety that I know nothing about, Rote Lambert, a variety with green leaves and red envelopes around the nuts and Nottingham frühe, a hardy, but not particularly rikbärande Species.
|Botanical name||Swedish name||Sort|
|Corylus avellana||Hassel||The purple|
|Corylus avellana x maxima||Hassel||Eckige Barceloner|
|Elaeagnus umbellata||Korean silver shrubs||Turdus|
|Ribes rubrum||Red currants||Junifer|
|Sorbus x arnoldiana||Garden Rowan||Golden Wonder|
|Vaccinium vitis-idaea||Lingonberry||Harvest Dream|
Another exciting addition is korean silver bush (Elaeagnus umbellata) which is a nitrogen-fixing shrub that produces tasty berries surkörsbärslikande. Bisonbär (Shepherdia argentea) belong to the same genus as silver bush and is extremely hardy. The berries are edible, but opinions differ as to how good they are. In a few years we will know!
Although the three sötrönnarna it will be exciting to follow. Unlike the in Sweden common rowan berries are those trees are not only edible but even enjoyable and lacks bitterness characterizing their wild relatives. I tasted the sötrönn in Denmark last year and was very pleasantly surprised. To plant loquat (Mespilus germanica) i odlingszon 4 is more of a gamble, but it will get the perfect habitat and then maybe you can get fruit eventually. I databasen Plants for A Future describes the fruit's flavor as "absolutely delicious" and like a tropical fruit, but I can not say I felt the same delight when I tasted the fruit for the first time last year.
A further really exciting growth in this delivery is vaktelbär (Gaultheria shallon) which is an evergreen shrub that is related to blueberries. Plant spreads quickly and helps keep weeds away by their dense root system and by the ground shades properly. It readily forms small shrubbery, but can be kept under control by mowing or pruning, and is therefore rarely invasive. The berries have a good, blueberry-like flavor.