Bountiful Blue® Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum 'FLX-2' P.P.# 19,381Traditional Landscape, Los Angeles
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7. Plant an edible shrub. Why have a plain old shrub when you can have a lovely blueberry bush that provides not only privacy and greenery, but berries for your morning smoothies and muffins as well? Be sure to plant your berry bushes where you can easily access them — perhaps along the fence line if you want your neighbors to be able to share the harvest.
What to Grow in the Front YardFront-yard vegetables, fruits and herbs can be beautiful. The following crops are both gorgeous and edible.Blueberries. This relatively shade-tolerant fruit looks beautiful at all times of year, from bare red stems in the winter to delicate foliage that turns fiery orange in the fall. Choose from highbush or lowbush varieties depending on your preference. See how to grow blueberries.Mustard greens. Peppery, cold-tolerant mustard greens are a great addition to salads. These veggies grow easily from seed and range in shape and color from lime-green Tokyo bekana to feathery red mizuna. Try growing mustard greens in containers and planting a fresh round of seeds every week. See how to grow salad greens. Chives. These vigorous perennial herbs are incredibly easy to grow, and their grassy foliage and cheery flowers look great in a front yard. There’s nothing quite like chopping fresh chives for an omelette. Just keep in mind that chives can be invasive, so always plant them in containers. See how to grow chives.Chard. This stunning veggie, a member of the beet family, is known for its brightly colored stems. Chard grows easily from seed and doesn’t bolt in the heat, making it a classic for home gardens. See how to grow chard.
Botanical names: Vaccinium corymbosum, Vaccinium angustifoliumCommon names: Northern highbush blueberry and southern highbush blueberry, lowbush blueberryOrigin: Several varieties of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) grow wild in wetlands and open fields along the East Coast west to the Great Lakes; northern highbush grows in the colder winters from Virginia north and southern highbush thrives in the heat and humidity of the south; lowbush blueberry (V. angustifolium) has a wider range, native to the pine barrens and heathlands of the American east south to Florida and west to TexasWhere it will grow: Northern highbush: zones 4-7. Southern highbush: zones 7-10. Lowbush blueberry: zones 3-7.Mature size: Highbush: 3 to 10 feet high, 3 to 10 feet wide; Lowbush: 8 to 24 inches high, 1 to 3 inches wide. Benefits and tolerances: Antioxidant-rich blueberries are a valued native food for people and wildlife; established blueberry plants tolerate drought and salt spray; lowbush blueberry grows in dry, acidic, rocky or sandy soils with low fertility where many other plants won’t thriveSeasonal interest: Small, white flowers in spring; blue and black berries in summer; flaming fall foliage — highbush blueberry foliage is burgundy red, lowbush is a fiery orange redSoil requirements: Highbush blueberry grows in acidic, well-drained soil high in organic matter; lowbush blueberry grows in any well-drained acidic soilLight requirements: Highbush blueberry needs full sun; lowbush blueberry grows in sun or shade but needs full sun for best flowering and fruitMoisture requirements: Heavier for highbush blueberry; low for lowbush blueberryWhen to plant: Plant containerized blueberries in early spring to allow fibrous root systems time to establish before winter; sow seeds in fall for spring germination (plants grown from seed will take 3 to 5 years to begin significant harvest)
Dye GardenDid you know you can create your own natural dyes for fabrics, eggs and other crafty creations, using ingredients harvested from your own backyard? With a dye garden, you can! Berries, flower petals, leaves and roots can be boiled to make homemade dyes in a range of colors.
Previewing the new and hot (and blue). At a recent conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects, I had a chance to see what Monrovia nursery considers its hottest new plants. Standouts included 'Winter Bee' lavender, 'Limelight' hardy hydrangea and 'Angel Red' pomegranate.Most impressive to me was ‘Bountiful Blue’ blueberry. The "blue” in the name doesn’t come from the berries but from the strong blue cast of the foliage. The flowers are pretty too: small and white, with a pink blush. The handsome, compact shrub grows 3 to 4 feet tall. Plant a number of them in rows for an agrarian feel or in masses. Or just plant one or two in a shrub border or container. This blueberry's main claim to fame is its ability to thrive and bear a tasty crop beyond the usual blueberry range (it requires much less winter chill than traditional blueberries). A landscape architect told me how well ‘Bountiful Blue' performs in her Santa Barbara garden. That’s a long way, geographically and climatically, from traditional blueberry country — which you know is Maine if you've ever read Blueberries for Sal to your kids.
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