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Front corner of home is in need of landscaping after the completion of foundation work.

Landscaping with blueberries

I lost all my shrubs in the front of my house due to a foundation repair this winter. I'm in a rush to replace the flagstone and add the dirt because I ordered a couple of Dwarf Tophat Blueberry bushes.

An ad for these blueberry bushes ran regularly in the Sunday paper. The thought of possible berries made me finally order some. I'm sure they will eventually produce blueberries, but the reality is that the birds will eat them.

They are meant for container growing, but I think they will be perfect in the front corner that gets a good amount of sun. They will grow 1-1 ½ feet tall and have a compact, mounded shape. The bush will have white blossoms in the spring and red foliage in the fall.

No pollinators are needed, which is good. I have been told that bees don't like pollinating blueberry blossoms. The flowers are tiny and the bees have to work hard to get the pollen. If there are easier flowers to pollinate they will move on.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)