Berry bushes can add to your landscaping in many ways. They not only add beauty but also attract wildlife to your yard. The blossoms are aesthetically pleasing, and humans and animals can harvest berries for consumption.
Berry bushes can add beautiful color to your yard year-round. Berry blossoms are beautiful and fragrant. Berries also add color and pleasing aromas to your yard. The foliage varies in color throughout the year as well, giving different hues of color in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Berry-bearing evergreens will keep some color in your landscape even in the winter months.
Berry bushes are typically fast-growing and hardy, so you will not have to wait long for them to grow and fill in your landscaping. Most berry bushes are easily adaptable, so maintenance is minimal. Be sure to check the sun/shade, soil, and moisture preferences of different varieties and plant accordingly. Only minimal pruning is needed to thin or shape these bushes, increasing the time you have to enjoy them.
Planting a variety of berry bushes will extend the fruiting season. Blossoms will appear as early as late winter and keep showing up throughout early fall. Longer opening times will also aid the declining bee population. Berries mature in early spring, in summer, and in fall, even extending into winter months. The beauty and bounty can almost span the calendar.
While berries are often included in lists of “superfoods” to boost overall health, they are not the only part of the bush that can be personally beneficial. The leaves of many berry bushes also contain vitamins, tannins, and flavonoids. The roots also have value in herbal medicine.
Finally, the berries that are not suited for human consumption are still great feeding for wildlife. Berry bushes are one way to bring many breeds into your yard or landscape. Songbirds, waterfowl, game birds, and even small mammals will be attracted to your garden.