Salal bushes are native to our area. They have tiny, dainty, white lantern-like flowers when they are in bloom. They will have edible berries which will provide food for us. I've read somewhere that their flavor is subtle and delicate, slightly sweet. I also read somewhere that kids love picking them. Now that I think about it, what kid doesn't like to pick at stuff?
So, these came in 6" pots, I think. I got them from Watershed Garden Works at one of the local garden shows here a few weeks ago. I am pleasantly surprised at how well they've taken to their location. I had read that they were slow growers, but I am not finding this to be true at all. I planted them in the lawn, out of all places. There is a very sad looking section of lawn between our driveway and our neighbors driveway that is essentially split in half by a few large Italian cyprus (or some other similar looking tree). So, on my half I've decided that I want to get rid of the lawn, and have some nice looking shrubs (with edible berries!) instead. I have also planted golden currants here. I'll be bordering the area with mulch and coastal strawberries. Right now, I'm still in the process of doing this and things are looking a little sparse, but it should look very nice when it's all grown in. I can't wait to taste all of those yummy berries!