I finally bought myself my very own copy of Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, a book guaranteed to make your mouth water and your green thumb dream of orcharding. Lee Reich is highly appreciative of lingonberries, as they’re a cranberry cousin that can be eaten fresh (when totally ripe). A lot of the awesome fruits I will be featuring here do need some added sweetener to make them palatable (sea buckthorn, anyone?) so this is quite a useful trait.
There are two variants of lingonberries. Both will spread to form a reasonably good groundcover (although you’ll want to interplant with something else, as they won’t quite control weeds by themselves) – the taller get to perhaps 1 foot tall, while the var. minus stay creepers 4″ or below. The square is meant to represent the creeping variety spiraling over a paving stone, the tips of the branches laden with fruit.
Click on the Rare Fruit link at the top of the page for all my fruit square patterns together in one gallery; scroll down for links to the original pattern.
|A bowlful of Lingonberries|