Blueberries in the Landscape

blueberries in the landscape

I can’t resist shrubs with great fall color. And blueberry bushes are scattered around our garden, in full sun, in full shade. Blueberries in the landscape produce more fruit in the sunnier positions, but enough blueberries for the two of us, the grandchildren, and many, many birds.

Native to North America, blueberries are members of the vaccinium family, some delicious, some challenging, but all loved by birds. We grow the modern improved garden varieties, but certainly not in the manner suggested by the Alabama extension service. We grow blueberry bushes as part of our shrub borders, for the wonderful spring and fall foliage, the great little bee-nourishing blooms, as well as the fruit.

Fall foliage of blueberry shrubs.

Fall foliage of blueberry shrubs

This time of year, enjoy the reds and burgundy colors of the fall foliage on these native shrubs, and be satisfied that you are contributing to the well being of birds and bees and lucky children.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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  1. I love the concept of using wonderful plants, be they classified as “fruit”, in the perennial garden. What we miss when we stay inside the lines of acceptable gardening. You rock!

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