Fragaria vesca: 1′ high x 1′ wide / full sun to part shade / zone 4
The strawberries you get from this plant are much smaller than the cultivated varieties, but they’re much more flavourful and make an excellent trail-nibble. You can also eat the leaves raw or in cooked dishes. Alpine strawberries make a better ground cover than cultivated varieties, and we use it extensively in our edible landscapes as an understory plant. They don’t spread by runners, and instead put their energy into producing fruit, which they do from june through september.