Have you ever noticed that every variety of fruit shown in the catalogs is spectacular and appropriate for apparently all situations? Seems just a tad suspicious, doesn’t it?
When it comes to the selecting of fruit species for your home landscape, you need an outside, unbiased source of info that isn’t trying to sell you something. For homeowners looking for a very readable, easy reference that will not go overboard with technical info but still name varieties and give useful information on the strengths and weaknesses of each, there are a number of helpful books.
Stella Otto’s “Backyard Berry Book: A hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles, & vine fruit in the home garden” is the one I’ve been using for several years now.
“Stella Otto is a professional horticulturist and former orchard and farm market owner/manager with over 25 years experience growing fruit on large and small scale. As a horticultural consultant and orchard manager to absentee land owners, she has worked to acquaint those with no prior fruit growing experience regarding the skills needed for success in their endeavor.”