Hedgerows

These plants handle sun, poor soil, little care, and generally grow well in hedgerows here in the Eugene / Springfield / Creswell / Cottage Grove area of the southern Willamette Valley.  They would also do well further north in the valley in areas such as Coburg, Junction City, Harrisburg, Brownsville, Halsey, Corvallis, and northwards to Salem and Portland.

Ribes uva-crispa 'Black Velvet'

Black Velvet is a very disease resistant, vigorous and productive plant with sweet, dark purple berries. more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Pixwell'

Pixwell is almost thornless. Berries can be harvested when green for pie and jam or harvested when soft and pink for fresh eating. Very productive and fruit is easy to harvest clusters. Mildew... more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Sabine'

Sabine is a variety we originally obtained from the USDA Germplasm Repository in Corvallis Oregon.  This vigorous and disease resistant plant has a medium sized red berry. more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnomaki Red'

Hinnomaki Red comes from Finland.  The plant bears dark red, sweet and large berries. more->

Cistus x hybridus

This rock rose has broad, wavy leaves with delicate, triangular tips and paper white flowers. more->

Aronia melanocarpa

Our friend Allen reports that this particular Aronia produces plentiful berries.  These shrubs readily send up new shoots from near the base of the tallest stems. more->

Tilia cordata

A multi-functional tree native to Europe, linden has edible leaves and flowers.  Bees adore the blooms which make a great tea, and from bees, a delicious honey.  The wood is also known as basswood... more->

Ribes hirtellum 'Captivator'

'Captivator' is virtually thornless and very hardy.  Shrubs are productive and bear medium to large sweet red fruits which ripen midsummer.

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Ribes nigrum 'Muslin Black'

This variety was propagated from a plant growing on farm near us, on Muslin Creek.

European black currants have a very distinct musky flavor which is prized by many in europe and the U.S.... more->

Rosa rugosa 'alba'

Rugosa rose is a suckering shrub native to asia.  It has large and beautiful blooms and the largest rose hips of any rose we know.  The rose hips are high in vitamin C and can be eaten fresh or... more->

Cistus x purpureus 'Pink'

This variety of rock rose has narrow, resinous leaves and stunning, crinkly pink flowers with four central maroon spots. more->

Myrica californica

Pacific waxmyrtle is an evergeen shrub/small tree native to the west coast of North America. It can grow 5-30 feet tall and has sticky leaves and a waxy wrinkled purple berry.  It is a great... more->

Ribes x 'Waldo'

Waldo is a purple gooseberry originally brought to us by Rick Valley, a wise local Permaculture landscaper. It was the result of hybridizations from Dr. George Waldo. It has sweet purple fruits... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Blackdown'

'Blackdown' produces large, jet-black berries that are  juicy and flavorful with a distinctive musky taste. They are excellent in jams, jellies and juice. The plant is vigorous and has upright... more->

Ribes rubrum 'Jonkheer Van Tets'

Red currants produce bright red clusters of fruit which are are striking in the garden and they enhance any dish to which they are added. Red currant fruit is high in vitamin C and potassium and... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Minaj Smyriou'

'Minaj Smyriou' has excellent European black currant flavorand can be eaten fresh or used to make jam and juice.

European black currants have a very distinct musky flavor which is prized by... more->

Ribes rubrum 'Cascade'

'Cascade' is easy to grow and a consistent producer here in the Wilamette Valley.  Provides large crops of delicious red fruit. It is very winter hardy.

Red currants produce bright red... more->

Ribes oxyacanthoides 'Jahn's Prairie'

A favorite gooseberry here at Fern Hill, 'Jahn's Prairie' produces hearty yields of large dessert quality red-pink fruit in midsummer. This shrub grows more upright than some gooseberry varietes.... more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnomaki Gold'

'Hinnomaki Gold' also known as 'Hinnomaki Yellow" is a very hardy variety, and bushes produce a heavy crop of medium sized, greenish yellow fruits. Some say this variety has a delicious aromatic... more->

Rosa nutkana var. nutkana

This native rose shrub has the largest pink flowers of the Oregon species. They perfume the woods when they bloom in May! more->

Ceanothus thrysiflorus

Blue blossom, also known as California lilac, is a fabulous showy broadleaf evergreen shrub.  Lilac colored flowers bloom in mid to late spring and have a wonderful fragrance.  Native to coastal... more->

Rosa pisocarpa

Clustered wild rose is native to the Willamette Valley and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. It is a spreading woody shrub, growing up to 6 feet tall. It is a great and easy to grow wildlife... more->

Eleagnus multiflora 'Sweet Scarlet'

Goumi plants are well known in the Northwest permaculture community for being great nitrogen fixing shrubs with a much lower chance for spreading by birds. These shrubs can grow up to 12 feet or... more->

Rosa rugosa

Rugosa rose is a suckering shrub native to Asia. It has large and beautiful blooms and the largest rose hips of any rose we know. The rose hips are high in vitamin C and can be eaten fresh or... more->

Phlomis fruticosa

A showy evergreen shrub, Jerusalem Sage is an easy to grow plant for a sunny location. Deer tolerant and drought tolerant, it grows quickly but never gets more than a few feet high when blooming... more->

Ribes rubrum 'White Imperial'

White currants are the sweetest of the European currants and White Imperial has great flavor. Almost all currant lovers that we talk to choose white currants for sweet flavor. These shrubs are... more->

Ribes nigrum 'Black September'

European black currants have a very distinct musky flavor which is prized by many in Europe and the U.S. We love these fruit and make a honey and currant jam that our toddler eats by the spoonful... more->

Ribes odoratum 'Crandell'

This currant has smooth, lobed leaves and berries that have spicy and gingery tones that ride on top of the sweet and sour currant flavor.  It's yellow flowers brighten the garden in late spring... more->

Aster subspicatus

This native member of the sunflower family spreads quickly in poor soil with very little care and without summer irrigation.  It has spreading blue-flowered aster blossoms late in the summer to... more->

Ribes sanguineum var sanguineum

This is one of the earliest blooming and showiest shrubs in the Pacific Northwest!  Red flowering currant is a very popular plant for a variety of reasons. The large clusters of pink-red flowers... more->

Atriplex halimus

Saltbush is a wonderful choice for year-round edible raw greens. This shrub is semi-evergreen and will provide mildly salty spinach flavored leaves throughout the year. Some cold years, it can... more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Invicta'

'Invicta' produces high yields of large dessert quality green fruit, and is considered by many to be the best variety in North America. It has excellent flavor, is mildew resistant, and is more... more->

Baccharis pilularis

Coyote brush is an evergreen shrub native to Oregon.  It is drought tolerant, deer tolerant, and easy to grow. Fast growing, it can grow as high as nine feet but usually is shorter.  It responds... more->

Ribes x nidigrolaria

Jostaberry is a cross between european currants and gooseberries, taking the best from both. It is a thornless shrub producing dark fruits with a mild black currant flavor. The fruit is larger... more->

Berberis aquifolium

Tall Oregon grape is a woody perennial shrub in the barberry family that is tough enough to survive in many conditions and yet provides edible and medicinal yields. It grows 2-7 feet tall in well... more->

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