Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

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Are you dreaming of Spring? March 13, 2013

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt! What are you planning to plant this year?

I’d like to add a shrub that bears berries to attract even more birds. The birds love the 2 dogwood shrubs I have, but there aren’t enough berries to go around. That has me dreaming of shrubs that bear fruit, particularly berries. The small stature and perennial nature of a bush or shrub will work nicely in my yard. The trick will be to find something that likes partial shade; most prefer full sun.

Some I’ll consider for my zone (4a):

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Blueberry, Univ of MN Extension

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Elderberry, Univ of MN Extension

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Currant (L), Gooseberry (R), Univ of MN Extension

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Juneberry/Serviceberry, Univ of MN Extension

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Sandcherry, Univ of MN Extension

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Huckleberry, Univ of MN Extension

You’ll want to do some research or ask your local garden center if you plan to add these to your garden. Some require more than one plant for cross-pollination to bear fruit. As I found, there is a wealth of information at your local extension office (county or state).

Start planning now if you’re dreaming of Spring. 🙂

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6 Responses to “Are you dreaming of Spring?”

  1. Love blueberries, Paula, and the birds will too! The bushes are very ornamental as well and some can stay fairly small if you have limited space. I grow sand cherries for their foliage as well as their bloom; I cut mine back after bloom to keep them from getting leggy so I don’t get many berries. I love the colorful elderberry hybrids but they don’t bear as much as the species. I remember 12 and 15′ high elderberry bushes around our barn where I grew up; the species get very large but they do produce lots of berries for everyone and make great jelly.

    • Paula B Says:

      Sounds wonderful. I’m not sure what I choose will produce much in some shade, but I’ll give it a whirl! Hope life in your area is good. 🙂

  2. Gillian Says:

    If I had the room, I’d love to plant an upright juniper bush. They have lovely blue berries which have attracted mockingbirds and a Townsend’s Solitaire in the past. I doubt I would get anything that good, but you never know!

  3. I’ll be doing more to attract bees and butterflies. I had great success with wildflower seeds last year and plan to add them to my rose gardens this year. We’ll add two new flowering trees but haven’t decided which ones yet.


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