When planning the gardens and landscaping around your home, take a few minutes to consider adding ornamental plants that also provide a source of fresh food. Blueberry plants are an often-overlooked edible plant that also has a high ornamental value. Rather than confirm your blueberry bushes to the fruit or vegetable garden, consider using blueberry bushes as ornamental shrubs throughout the landscape.
Instead of building, a fence to screen a dog run or shed, plant a row of blueberry plants that grow to the desired height. Not only do blueberry plants act as edible plants, providing a reliable source of fruit in the summer, most blueberry varieties have stunning fall color and produce attractive flowers in the late spring prior to producing blueberries.
Edible hedges constructed from blueberry plants will also provide a welcome shelter for birds, who will find food in a diversity of plantings in your garden. Against the background of the lush, green foliage of the blueberry plants, plant a mix of low growing perennials such as Coreopsis Moonbeam or Alpine Strawberry plants, which thrive in a slightly acidic soil.
Tips for using blueberry plants in the edible landscape:
Blueberry plants thrive in soil with pH levels of 4.5 - 5.5. If necessary, amend the soil with peat moss prior to planting blueberry plants.
As with most edible plants, blueberry plants require full sun and consistent water.
Plant two or more blueberry plants that will pollinate each other for maximum crop yield.
Blueberry plants range in mature size from 2 1/2 feet tall to 6 feet tall. When designing your landscape for edible plants, use the blueberry variety that matches your sites size requirements.