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Blueberries Vaccinium spp.

Growing Blueberries: Tips at a Glance

Blueberries are delicious, beautiful, and boast more vitamins and antioxidants than any other ornamental, blooming shrub.

  • Type Edible fruit
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 3-10
  • Light Sun or part shade
  • Soil Acidic, please
  • Water 1-4" per week
  • Design Tip Flowering hedge
  • Companions Thyme, azaleas
  • Peak Season Summer fruit

Blueberries: A Field Guide

Blueberries are so revered for the healthy boost the fruit gives to our diet (think: antioxidants and vitamins), that it’s easy to overlook the ornamental value of these beautiful blooming bushes. Consider yourself reminded.

The most commonly grown Vaccinium species—including highbush, low bush, and hybrids of the two—all can be planted as hedges or shrubs, with their tiny white or pale pink flowers adding interest to a springtime garden. Some cultivars even have evergreen foliage. You can expect to harvest sweet berries from May to September, depending on your climate. Blueberries will be hardy in USDA growing zones 3 to 10, depending on the variety (check the nursery tag to make sure the one you buy will thrive in your garden).

Known for their hardy perennial natures, blueberries’ only diva-like quirk is an insistence on acidic soil. If the pH level in your garden veers toward the alkaline, keep your blueberries happy by growing them in pots instead of the ground.

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