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ZOMG, Fedco's blueberry page! An embarrassment of riches!

Maybe if I finally order from Fedco, as opposed to waiting until picking over the leavings at the Fedco Tree Sale in May, I will be closer to becoming a real Mainer, or possibly a Junior or Scout Mainer.

Apparently, one treats lowbush blueberries as ground cover, and highbush blueberries as... bushes. I think it would make sense to get both kinds, an also make sure I've got a good mix of early, middle, and late season. However, the concept is that these blueberries will be "for the birds," not me, and so I won't be bothering with netting and so forth.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

of early, mid or late blueberries for proper pollination, if you have little room it might be best to concentrate on just one period of fruit set and use the remaining space for something else. I see that they have amelanchier on their website! Birds love those, and they smell wonderful when in bloom* To attract wildlife, it is always advisable to have as much variety as possible. Glad to see you are having fun with this!

*Always given they are the same as we have down here.

Submitted by lambert on

Here is the blurb:

An open-pollinated seedling originating near Regent, ND. Compact shrub with purple-magenta sweet berries that are good for fresh eating or in pies, cobblers, jellies, jams, smoothies and cakes. Fruit is a bit larger and seedier than a lowbush blueberry, ripens in mid-July in central Maine. Historically used by native peoples to make pemmican. Popular with wildlife. Loads of 5-petaled white flowers in spring. Nice red-orange fall color. Makes an excellent hedge. Plant in well-drained fertile soil and full sun.

Unfortunately, I can't offer full sun 'til I cut down some trees.

I see that "popular with wildlife" note and I immediately think of deer, which I most definitely do not want to attract. Apparently, however, amelanchier is "Seldom Severely Damaged". Bee balm falls into the catogory, too, and I have never had any damage to my large stand of bee balm. Highbush blueberries, on the other hand, are "Occasionally Severely Damaged." Lowbush blueberries are not mentioned. Maybe too low to the ground for deer?

This site categorizes Amelanchier as resistant, too. So it sounds like a better alternative to the high bush blueberries.

Clethra looks attractive, too.

Hmm... Let me take a minute and look for deer repellent, though of course we know that's a lost cause.... Better Homes and Gardens has a list; includes lilac, so maybe I lucked out on the lilac and should leave it in place! For my zip, filtered by shrub, attracts birds, deer resistant, and summer blooming:

  1. Bluebeard, Caryopteris
  2. Lavender, Lavandula
  3. Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis
  4. St. John's wort, Hypericum spp.

Perhaps the surest way, other than a fence, to "repel" deer is to make it look like there's nothing in the garden that they would want to eat.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

to any garden, however it won't do much to attract wildlife; it is not particularly shrubby or evergreen, nor does it produce much in the way of mast for them to eat. It just fills space in wet areas and smells really good when it blooms; kind of also tends to spread through rhizomes, so, messy without much mess. If that makes any sense.

Amelanchier does not attract deer, to my knowledge. But, then, deer will eat just about anything that does not eat them first. Birds, however, love the berries to distraction. I think it would do well in a shaded location, it just wouldn't become very full. Most of ours become small trees.

Rosemary will not live in your climate long enough to become a shrub and needs lots of sun, as do the rest of your list of perennials....depends upon which kind of St. John's wort you are looking at, I suppose. Maybe not best for a shrub border.

It is fun looking, though, isn't it? The camellia sasanquas are just going out and the japonicas are just coming in here! I'm sorry you cannot grow those there; they truly are worth all the trouble they cause.

Submitted by Dromaius on

We have a couple of evergreen blueberry bushes. They are beautiful. I don't know if you can grow evergreen varieties in your harsher climate, but I figured I'd put the idea out.

Our yard is like a bird sanctuary a good share of the time. Lately, they've been after the clover seeds.