We think of fall as the season of fruitfulness, but there are a number of plants bearing ripe fruits in June. These are the plants displaying attractive fruits right now in our garden.
To start with, there is Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’), also known as Juneberry for obvious reasons. The berries above are not quite ripe, mostly because once they ripen they are gobbled up by Robins or squirrels. Sometimes I eat one or two myself.
Incidentally, our two Serviceberries definitely seem to be more vigorous since they got out from under the shade of the neighbor’s Crabapple.
A friend of mine calls this the Sputnik Sedge, but the more commonly accepted common name is Bur Sedge (Carex grayi). The seedheads look like space satellites or medieval weapons, depending on the bent of your imagination. I have a small patch growing in a planter I made out of an old tree stump.
And yes, that’s variegated Bishop’s Weed (Aegopodium podagraria) growing with the sedge. In our garden it has not been unmanageable.
Last fall I planted a couple of Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra), and these are the first ripe fruits. There are some other stalks with unripe berries. They’re pretty but poisonous.
In the Left Bank Bed the Starry Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum stellatum) are ripening. I love the little stripes.
They turn red as they get fully ripe.
Finally, there are the Red Elderberries (Sambucus racemosa). I took this pic with my phone, sorry it’s sort of fuzzy. I’m starting to think that maybe the Red Elderberries and I need to go our separate ways. They didn’t have many flowers or berries this year and they’re starting to look just weedy to me.
Are there any interesting berries in your garden right now?