Blueberry bushes not only provide delicious fruit, but also add a lovely whimsical element the garden. While blueberries can be a bit particular about their soil conditions, there are certainly some wonderful plant pairings for them. The best companion plants for blueberries have the following characteristics:
- Thrive in acidic soil (like blueberry bushes)
- Attract pollinators during the spring blueberry blossom season
- Grow in same climate zone and relative environmental conditions
- Aesthetically beautiful when paired with blueberries
There are a number of wonderful companion plants for blueberry bushes in the woodland garden. Read on to discover 13 of the best companion plants for blueberries. For extra details, check out the video I made to accompany this article:
Almost all types of evergreen trees like spruce, pine, yew, fir and juniper act as excellent companions for blueberry bushes. These trees grow well in similar acidic soil like blueberries. They require a pH of about 5 to 6. They can provide shade to the berry plant from strong afternoon sun and help to create the acidic soil conditions that blueberry plants love. Consider a large evergreen to anchor your blueberry patch.
Dogwood is an excellent tree to pair with blueberry bushes. They enjoy similar soil and sun conditions and come in many different varieties. Dogwoods can grow from 10 feet to 30 feet tall and are even available as shrubs. In any size, their beautiful flowers each year make them more than worth planting! Both dogwood and evergreens are excellent companion plants for blueberries.
Rhododendron and azalea thrive in acidic soil and are often planted under evergreen trees like pines. However, unlike blueberries, these plants require a bit of shade to grow well. Rhododendrons can be positioned in shadier spots of the blueberry garden to provide a lovely evergreen backdrop to the shrubs while providing optimal sunlight conditions. And best of all, these flowers tend to bloom at the same time as blueberries, making the garden attractive for both humans and pollinators.
Heather is another early bloomer that is a good match with blueberries. Heather is a low-growing shrubby groundcover with delicate white or purple flowers. These plants are long-lived and always a pleasure to look at. Heather makes an excellent companion plant for blueberries.
Thyme is another low-growing groundcover-type plant to match with blueberries. This herb looks beautiful around the blueberry plants and can be a bit of a deterrent to pests due to its herbal scent. There are tons of different varieties of thyme to choose from, so there’s just got to be one that suits your taste!
Blueberries and cranberries have similar requirements and make a good companion pair. They both love moist, well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Group them together to create a berry garden and then infill with ornamentals and groundcovers.
Columbine is an excellent perennial to grow around blueberries. These perennial flowers come in white, pink, purple, blue and red. Their foliage can grow about 15 to 20 inches tall in good soil conditions. They are extremely low maintenance plants that beautify your garden by providing a bright green foliage underlay for your blueberries.
Another reason that columbine is such a great companion plant for blueberries is that it blossoms around the same time as the blueberries. The large columbine flowers attract beneficial pollinators and increase pollination of the blueberries in the area.
Mountain Laurel is a classic blueberry companion plant. The gorgeous leaves of this shrub tend to complement the small leaves of lanky blueberry bushes. These low-maintenance shrubs certainly deserve consideration for planting alongside or behind your blueberries.
Ferns make a good companion for blueberry bushes. Again, these plants provide a lovely bright green accent to the lanky blueberry shrubs. Ferns love moist soil and will thrive in the shady conditions under the canopy of an overhanging evergreen tree. Position the ferns in the shady spots and reserve the sunnier spots for the blueberry plants.
Holly is an evergreen shrub which can be successfully planted alongside blueberries. Like blueberry, holly prefers well-draining, moist, acidic soil and a nice warm sunny spot. Holly also provides visual interest in winter time once the beautiful autumn leaves of the blueberry bushes have faded.
Hydrangea flowering shrubs make a nice companion for blueberry plants because they add both rich green foliage and bright cheery blooms to the garden. They tend to grow taller than most blueberries and start to flower after the blueberry blossoms have faded. You might just be able to pick some hydrangea blossoms for your kitchen at the same time as you’re out picking blueberries!
Lilac is a versatile and easy-to-grow shrub that blooms at the same time as blueberry bushes. These flowering shrubs are among the most dependable bloomers and tend to attract a significant number of beneficial pollinators to the garden. Lilac also makes a lovely cut flower, and you can always use the excuse of “checking on your blueberry blossoms” to go out and snip a few lilac blooms. Lilacs are available in white, pale purple, pink, and even a rich deep purple.
Strawberries are a lovely plant to pair with blueberries in the woodland garden. Plant strawberries as a low-growing groundcover in your edible berry garden. Like blueberries, these plants love moist, yet well-drained soil, as well as adequate sunlight. Use strawberries between the blueberry bushes, along pathways, or to edge the berry garden.
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These companion plants for blueberries are generally easy to grow and will thrive in the garden with your berry bushes. Many add an ornamental touch, attract pollinators, and otherwise create optimal conditions for blueberry plants. Consider adding a few of these plant pairings into your own blueberry garden bed!
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