Berries are not just nutritious and beautiful but also an excellent companion plant.
For example low blueberry bushes around trees, strawberries as a ground cover and gooseberries as a pollinator. Raspberries should be planted with caution, many plants wont like having them around due to their spreading nature.
Companion Planting is an integral part of permaculture and a holistic approach to gardening where you plant different crops in proximity for maximising the use of space, providing nutrients, shade or support, increasing crop productivity, attracting beneficial insects, pest control / repelling pests, pollination or providing a space for beneficial creatures. The concept is an ongoing process of living and learning with nature and increasing biodiversity to support a sustainable Eco system. Below is a quick reference guide for companion planting with berries:
|Name||Good Companions||Not a Companion|
|Blueberries||Oak trees, pine trees, strawberries, clover, bay laurel, dewberries, yarrow.||Tomatoes.|
|Blackberry||Grapes, garlic, raspberries (not too close), mint, lemon balm, chives, hyssop, strawberries, apple trees, elderberry tree, stinging nettle and other nitrogen fixing plants, sunflowers.||Peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes.|
|Currants||Marigold, yarrow, nasturtiums, chamomile and other flowers or herbs.|
|Gooseberry||Basil, tomatoes, broad beans, flowers, herbs and low ground covers.|
|Raspberry||Rue, artemisia, garlic, onion, oats, tansy, yarrow.||Young berries, potatoes and beets.|
|Strawberries||Borage, lettuce, spinach, sage, beans, spring onions, thyme (as a border).||Cabbages, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts|
gladioli, tomatoes, broccoli, garlic, mint, rosemary.