Berry For Zone 11

Choose Berry Plants for Edible Landscaping

When you think of berry plants, you first think of the delicious fruit they can provide: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. But the plants themselves have their beauty and can form an eye-catching piece of your landscape design.

Strawberries grow in low-lying plants that spread by sending out runners. They can form a lovely ground cover. Choose June varieties for an annual harvest of large berries; choose day-neutral or everbearing varieties for plants that produce throughout the growing season, though they yield smaller berries.

Strawberries are also a great choice for planters, and there are some special "strawberry jar" planters that can be used as attractive accents in the corner of a garden bed or a porch.

Blueberry bushes can be used as ornamentals or hedges. They grow to several feet tall, and in addition to fruit, many varieties have lovely fall foliage.

Blackberries and raspberries grow on bramble bushes. Many varieties are good choices for poorer soil. One excellent use for bramble berries as landscaping is along the edges of your property as a natural barrier between the edge of your cultivated yard and areas left naturally brushy or wooded. Many bramble varieties are thorny, and their use at the edge of your yard can discourage wild animals who might be interested in foraging in your garden.

Different varieties of berries work best in different climate zones, so read labels and descriptions carefully to choose berry plants best suited for your conditions. Brambles and strawberries are also susceptible to verticillium wilt caused by a soil fungus; make sure you plant these in soil that was not previously used to grow tomatoes, eggplant or peppers as those plants can harbor verticillium in their roots, which will remain in the soil after the plants have been removed.