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Whether you plan to grow blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries, berry bushes provide delicious and fresh treats that everyone can enjoy. Berry bushes are hardy, easy to grow, and disease resistant. Who can resist grabbing a handful of fresh-picked berries to have as a snack? One thing that many people don't realize about berry bushes is that they fit into just about any landscape; you don't need a large section of your yard dedicated to berry production.
Berry plants have been bred to be smaller and more compact. Today's smaller varieties actually produce more fruit than their larger cousins. There are many easy to grow berries that are a snap to grow in the garden. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying delicious berries in about everything you eat, from pancakes to yogurt.
Berry Plants for the Home Garden
Blueberries: Blueberry plants are always a welcome addition to the garden, and blueberries only require rich, acidic soil. This can be accomplished by adding Espoma Soil acidified to your soil. This product "sours" the soil to a level that blueberries adore. As a bonus, use any leftover soil acidified to turn your hydrangeas blue.
Raspberries: Most people remember the good old days of finding a wild raspberry patch and spending summer days picking raspberries right off of the plant and eating them until your belly hurts. Nowadays, we go to the grocery store and pay top dollar for a quart of raspberries.
Why not re-live the memories of your childhood or introduce your children to that by planting your own patch of raspberries. Raspberries only require a support structure such as a fence or even a trellis and a good supply of sun—the larger the support, the heavier the berry harvest.
Blackberries: Blackberry bushes are similar in every way to raspberry bushes except that they are much sweeter. There are very few experiences comparable to picking fresh blackberries with your children directly from your own garden. You'll know when your blackberries are ripe if you remember the adage that "The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice". Like Raspberries, blackberries need a little support, and that's about all they require.
Using Berry Bushes in the Landscape
Berry Bushes offer endless reasons to the gardener to continue to add new varieties of plants. Berries are slowly finding their way out of the far reaches of the garden and into the front yard. Berry plants offer four seasons of interest to the landscape. In the spring the foliage emerges and fills in the bare spots left behind by the winter's chill. As summer approaches, the plants begin their flower show which attracts pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies to the yard adding color and motion to the landscape. Later in the summer, colorful berries are seen as the focal point of the garden attracting hungry birds and humans alike. In the fall the blazing fall colors of the leaves put on a show of their own. In winter when the landscape is beginning to look bare and lifeless colorful songbirds begin to visit the garden to glean the remains of the summer and fall harvest.
Blueberries as a landscape plant
While it is true that not all berry bushes are well-behaved enough to grow in your ornamental landscape, blueberry bushes are one perfect candidate for inclusion in the landscape. If you have a large property, fruit bushes can add to your landscape's value and overall appeal. But let's say you live in an apartment, you can still enjoy fresh fruit grown in containers on your patio or balcony. Many berry bushes are compact growers, so they don’t need a lot of space.
Let's look at Dwarf Blueberry Bushes; for example; Jelly bean blueberry plants are perfect for growing in smaller landscapes and patio pots. The leaves are light green with red tips throughout the growing season. In the fall, the leaves transition to yellow and red. They are compact and produce bumper crops of sweet, flavorful full-sized blueberries that ripen in Late July to about mid-august.
The best part is that this is a self-pollinating blueberry that does not need other blueberry plants to produce berries. Many new varieties of Dwarf Blueberries have been introduced in recent years under the Bushel and Berry name, and new compact varieties are still being introduced today.
You can now plant dwarf hedges of blueberry plants in your landscape. Imagine having a small hedge along your front walkway with delightful green foliage in the spring, delicious and healthy berries in the summer, and gorgeous maroon fall color. Well, stop imagining and get planting, plant blueberries.
Aronia Bushes in the Landscape
Aronia is another berry-producing plant that is at home in the landscape. Aronia is best used in preserves as they can be quite sour when eaten fresh, hence the name chokeberries. As for fall color, few plants can rival the brilliant red and yellow fall color of Aronia shrub leavesAronia shrub leaves.
Growing Raspberries in Pots
Raspberries also can be used in the landscape but maybe not in the front yard like blueberries. Raspberry Shortcake is a newly introduced dwarf, thornless raspberry plant. This dwarf red raspberry has a rounded growth habit and thrives in large patio pots or landscapes. Best of all, it requires no staking and is self-fertile, yielding large, nutritious, super sweet berries in mid-summer all by itself.
Growing Blackberries in Pots
Thanks to recent introductions in the blackberry family, you can now grow blackberries just about anywhere, including the deck or patio. Baby Cakes Blackberry is a dwarf, thornless blackberry perfect for patio pots and smaller gardens due to its compact habit. In the summer, large and sweet-tasting blackberries present themselves to you in a fireworks-like spray of fruit. In many areas of the country, this blackberry will produce two crops in one season.
Why grow berries at home
Berry Bushes can be planted together with no problems. Find an open area of the yard and get planting. Before you know it, your whole family will be enjoying fresh berries. Berries can be made into jams and jellies, syrups, or added to pancakes and muffins.
Because you're growing them, there is no need to worry that the berries have been treated with dangerous pesticides or chemicals, so tell the kids it's ok to eat them right off the plant. Remember to snap a photo of your little one's berry covered faces after they do. Plant berries and create memories.