When choosing perennials for the home edible forest, elderberries are a perfect choice as a border shrub because of the prolific berries they offer each fall. The sweet berries can be used in pies, jam, juice and wine. Mixed with soda, it makes a delicious and healthy beverage. Long used in traditional medicine, today numerous studies are being undertaken to reveal elderberries' immune enhancing and anticarcinogenic properties.

Any yard will be enhanced by planting several varieties of this easy to grow, decorative shrub.

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