Blueberries are great shrubs to have planted within flower borders with other acid loving ornamentals. Not only do they have pretty white flowers in spring, but the leaves turn a gorgeous shade of red-yellow before falling in autumn. Then of course there’s the added bonus of tasty, nutritious fruit in the summer.
Blueberries can be bought as container grown plants so they can be planted at any time of the year. Although, it’s best to plant them during their dormant period which is between November and March.
To grow successfully, blueberries need acidic soil. But if your garden soil isn’t suitable, they grow well in containers full of peat-free ericaceous compost. Another benefit of growing blueberries is that they are relatively compact, usually growing to around 1.2m tall, so they are even well-suited for small gardens.
Plant by digging a hole and mixing in a layer of organic matter and placing the roots of the plant at the same depth as their original growth. Give them a good start with an ericaceous plant food and water them in well. If possible, use rainwater for blueberries. This is because tap water is alkaline and can increase the pH level, making conditions less acidic. Adding a layer of mulch around the roots is great for retaining moisture, insulating the roots, and supressing weeds too.