Plant ‘Compass’ fruits to make into jams and jellies. The small, juicy fruits are a cross between cherries and plums. Hardy in zones 3 to 8, the trees bear in the second year after planting and mature at 3 to 8 feet high.
Use mint with fruit to create memorable desserts, salads and salsas. Combine it with honey and lemon juice for a go-to dressing that blends well with summer’s best fruits, from peaches, to watermelon, to berries. Whip up delectable fruit salsas like cherry nectarine (shown), featuring chopped mint for a zingy bite. In the salsa department, craft your own one-of-a-kind dip like roasted tomato-mint salsa, mango mint salsa with ginger, or pineapple mint salsa with red onion. Mint helps cool any spicy peppers in a salsa, which gives your tastebuds a hot-cooling sensation that’s delightful.
Bred by Johnny’s Selected Seeds, and exclusive to them, 'Cherry Bomb' is a bite-sized tomato that's perfect for snacking (you can even pop them into your mouth while you’re picking in the garden). This variety is resistant to late blight.
Bronze-purple leaves complement pale pink blooms on ‘Newport’ cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’). Blossoms appear at the height of spring and fade to form dull purple fruit that birds enjoy. You can also harvest the fruit for eating or making pie or jam. Leaves turn deep purple by summer and shift to red hues in fall. Prune as needed after flowering. This is a small tree, growing 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Weeping cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’) is a mid-sized deciduous tree that grows 20 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. The graceful whip-like branches are covered in pink blooms in early spring. The pendulous branches sway in the wind, adding the element of movement to the garden.
Poured into a decorative bottle, this delicious concoction is perfect for holiday entertaining or as a handmade gift. Use ripe produce and gin or vodka with the highest proof for the best quality, flavor and preservation.
Cornelian cherry ‘Red Star’ produces aromatic fruits with a tart-sweet taste. The trees, once down jus ornamentals, are related to dogwoods, and have a shrub-like growth habit, reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Grow two varieties for cross-pollination, and you may harvest as much as 40 pounds of cherries per plant. ‘Red Star’ holds its good looks in fall, when the leaves turn yellow and crimson.
Heat the cherry juice in a small saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave. Pour the heated cherry juice into a small cup and add the liquors. Stir gently to combine. Top with whipped cream, pie crust crumble, and a maraschino cherry. To make the pie crust crumble, roll pie dough into a thin sheet (about 1/8” thick). Place the sheet on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake at 425˚F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then break into small pieces
Elegant pink blossoms blanket Yuki Cherry Blossom deutzia in spring, transforming this rounded shrub into a hummingbird magnet. Deer-resistant deutzia grows 12-24 inches tall and wide. Use it as a ground cover, a slope stabilizer or pathway edging. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
This small flowering cherry hails from the U.S. National Arboretum’s plant breeding efforts. It’s well suited to small yards, growing to 25 feet tall with a spread of 15 feet. Pale pink flowers open in early spring. Leaves appear after flowering, unfurling to dark green. Fall color is gold. This tree boasts a hearty disposition, tolerating insects and disease. Hardy in Zones 6-8.
A custom cherry vanity tucks into the angular wall, making it a beautiful architectural feature rather than a design hindrance. The Piedrafina marble countertop and nickel finishes balance function, style and beauty.