Strawberries at a Glance

Learn how to grow strawberries — even in containers and small spaces — to enjoy ripe berries at the very start of summer. 

By Barbara Pleasant  

The chart below offers tips for growing each type of strawberry, plus a list of the varieties we recommend. Learn more about organic strawberry cultivation in Growing Strawberries.

Type  Description  Varieties 

June-bearing strawberries
Fragaria x ananassa 

Easy to grow in many climates.

Hardiest varieties survive winter temperatures to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Plants produce many runners.

Grow as ground cover or as matted row.





Ever-bearing strawberries
F. x ananassa 

Bloom and set fruit all season provided nights are cool.

Ideal for growing in containers or raised beds.

Not as hardy as June-bearers, but some varieities can survive temperatures of minus 15 degrees.


‘Evie 2’

‘Mara Des Bois’


Alpine strawberries
F. vesca 

Small fruits with big flavor, best picked ripe and eaten fresh.

Many varieites do not produce runners, making them easy to manage in containers or raised beds.

Most varieties hardy to minus 20 degrees. Can be grown from seed.




Musk strawberries
F. moschata 

Tall, vigorous plants best handled as ground cover.

Presence of male plants improves productivity of these small, aromatic, intensely flavored fruits.

Hardy to at least minus 10 degrees.


‘Profumata di Tortona’


Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on .