With blueberry season right around the corner it is a great time to consider adding these versatile shrubs to your garden. In addition to their fruiting, blueberries add to the landscape with their fantastic bright red fall color. Best sited in full sun, these plants like an acidic soil with good moisture and drainage to perform their best. Read on to learn more about how to incorporate these plants in your garden.
The first thing to consider when adding blueberries to your garden is which type to plant. In central North Carolina the Rabbiteye blueberry – Vaccinium ashei is considered the best. To ensure the best fruiting you should plant at least 2-3 varieties of blueberry for cross pollination. I typically plant Vaccinium ashei ‘Climax’, ‘Premier’, and ‘Tifblue’ in our clients’ properties. These plants are quite large, reaching 8-10′ in height, so you need to give them sufficient space while also being sure to plant them where they will be accessible for harvesting and netting if you want to protect the berries from birds. For more information on adding blueberries to your home garden go to: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8207.html
Have additional questions about adding blueberries to your property? Contact Bright Leaf Landscaping at 919-475-1015 or fill out our online contact form. Design and installation are our expertise, and we are always happy to meet with new clients to discuss potential projects!