For gardeners who are interested in a sustainable lifestyle, double-bearing varieties of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and other edibles will provide fresh fruit in the early summer and again in late fall. The late fall harvest is ready to harvest for jams, jellies, pies and drying.
Other than the benefits of berry consumption, the bushes and canes are also beneficial to your garden itself. Bushes stave off erosion and are usually planted in areas where other plants fail to thrive. Blueberry bushes grow well in acidic soils. They help absorb excess moisture in boggy areas. Blackberries tolerate poor soils. Strawberries are lush ground covers that can persist in shaded areas. Berry plants can be trained into trellises and other supportive structures where they benefit a garden's appearance and have the potential to provide shade. Before fruit fully develops, the blooms attract honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This helps improve the fertility rates of other garden edibles that are planted nearby.
Berry bushes have benefits in the landscape. They are attractive hedge plants. They grow well near a home's foundation, where they soften building edges. Unlike other bushes, they lack a destructive root system. Additionally, some bushes have brambles which are beneficial if you are looking for a natural fence to keep dogs or other animals at bay.
Berry plants are incredibly versatile. They grow well in containers, making them suitable for urban and small-space gardens. Some varieties of berry plants have spectacular fall colors, making them a suitable tree alternative. Regardless of a garden's size, it can benefit from berry plants.