Berries both taste good and are good for you. They can be expensive to buy but easy to grow. If you feel like you need a little "hand holding" with berry culture, a good place to begin is with Barbara L. Bowling's The Berry Grower's Companion (Timber Press, 2005, $19.95). The book covers the general principles of growing berries, including using them in the landscape, then profiles strawberries, the bramble crops, blueberries, grapes, and a handful of lesser-known berries. Among the most valuable information in this book are the lists of varieties for different regions.
Favorite or New Plant
'Hearts of Gold' Redbud
Yellow-leaved plants are ones that you are either drawn to or turned off by. Personally, I liken them to rays of sunshine in the garden. Among my favorites is 'Hearts of Gold' redbud. A form selected from our native redbud (Cercis canadensis), 'Hearts of Gold' provides bright yellow new growth all season long and is burn-resistant, even in full sun. The leaves do mature to dark green, but the new growth is always yellow. It is perfect as a specimen plant, or combine it with blue-flowered shrubs, like caryopteris. A vigorous plant, 'Hearts of Gold' will grow to 10 feet in the first five years.