A nutritional powerhouse, blueberries are the perfect addition to cereal, pancakes, muffins, cobblers and salads. Plant several varieties so you can harvest them all summer long.
Austin: Austin blueberries are large, firm and long lasting in the fruit bowl or refrigerator. The moderately vigorous plant fruits in early June.
Brightwell: Offers big, sweet berries in the spring and rich red foliage in the fall. Delicious right off the bush or in a fruit salad, the firm, flavorful fruit also makes great jam and jelly. Fruits in early June.
Duke: Among the cold-hardy highbush blueberries, Duke is a standout, both for the quantity and the quality of its fruit. A vigorous grower, it produces sweet, medium-sized berries perfect for eating, baking or making into jam. Fruits in late June to early July.
O'Neal: A three-season beauty, this variety has snowy white spring flowers and grey-green summer foliage that flashes to vivid shades of red in the fall. It bears large, light-blue berries that are considered the most delicious of the early ripening southern highbush blueberries. Fruits in early to mid-May.
Jersey: A favorite for baking, the Jersey blueberry is medium-sized and exceptionally sweet. This vigorous plant does well in challenging soil, producing long, loose clusters of fruit in summer, followed by brilliant flame-orange fall color. Fruits in mid-August.
Premiere: Known as a "rabbiteye" blueberry, well suited to temperate growing zones. It will bear masses of large, sweet, light-blue berries in May, then grace the garden with bright green foliage all summer long. Fruits in late May.