Blueberries, Vaccinium corymbosum, are perfect for the vegetable patch and ornamental garden. The plants themselves are gorgeous - neat and compact, bearing pretty white flowers in spring and delicious berries in summer. In autumn their leaves turn a rich orange-red before falling.
For best results, blueberries should be grown in acidic soil, in conjunction with at least one pollination partner (they are often sold in threes). Blueberries are perfect for growing in pots and make a great addition to a sunny patio.
The delicious berries are regarded as a 'super fruit', owing to their extremely high levels of antioxidants.
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluecrop' is an excellent mid-season variety of blueberry, bearing masses of rich, sweet-tasting fruit in August. 'Bluecrop' is self fertile, but for best results grow with a pollination partner.
- Sun exposure: Full sun
- Aspect: South facing, West facing
- Position in border: Front, Middle
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
- Soil type: Acidic
Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers
- Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.