Gaultheria procumbens Big Berry (‘Gaubi’) (PBR)
partridge berry / checkerberry
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: acid to neutral, peaty, moist soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: May and June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The partridge berry or checkerberry is an excellent choice for containers (when potted up using ericaceous compost), but it also makes a handsome ground-covering plant for a shadier spot. It forms a carpet of thick glossy evergreen foliage, which is covered in early summer with white to pale pink flowers. These are followed by aromatic deep red berries, which also put on a good show in autumn.
- Garden care: When planting, add plenty of well-rotted leaf mould or shredded bark to the planting hole. After flowering light prune or cut back those shoots that spoil the symmetry of the plant. Remove suckers to help restrict growth.