Berry Companion Plants

Companion Plants by group: Herbs, Flowers, Trees, Vegetables, Berries, Fruit and Mushrooms

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.

The Medicine Garden Companion Plants book by Nathalie Strassburg

Buy The Medicine Garden Companion Plants eBook. It is a simple reference guide organized into eight categories with an alphabetical listing. It includes Herbs, Berries, Fruit, Flowers, Vegetables, Trees, Plants, and Mushrooms.

Companion Planting is an integral part of permaculture and a holistic approach to gardening where you plant different crops in proximity to maximize the use of space, providing nutrients, shade, or support, increasing crop productivity, attracting beneficial insects, pest control, repelling pests, pollination, and 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 ecosystem.

Below is a quick reference guide for companion planting with berries:

NameGood CompanionsNot a Companion
BlueberriesOak trees, citrus trees, fruit trees, pine trees, strawberries, clover, bay laurel, dewberries, yarrow, holy basil and other herbs.Tomatoes.
BlackberryGrapes, 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.
CurrantsMarigold, yarrow, nasturtiums, chamomile and other flowers or herbs.
GooseberryFruit trees, citrus trees, nut trees, basil, tomatoes, broad beans, flowers in general, herbs in general, low ground covers, and most other plants that will be compatible with the gooseberry growing style (they need sun, can take over the area so may need to be pruned, and they produce lots of new plants so may compete with other plants.)
MulberryGrapes, other berries as ground covers, herbs in general, flowers in general.
RaspberryRaspberries usually take over the area so companion plants may not last that long. Rue, artemisia, garlic, onion, oats, tansy, yarrow, other herbs and flowers in general.Young berries, potatoes and beets.
StrawberriesFruit trees, citrus trees, herbs in general, flowers in general, other berries, borage, lettuce, spinach, sage, beans, spring onions. Cabbages, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts
gladioli, tomatoes, broccoli, garlic, rosemary.

Companion Plants by group: Herbs, Flowers, Trees, Vegetables, Berries, Fruit and Mushrooms

QUICK LINKS: Companion Plants online, Companion Plants eBook, Growing Guides, Basic Preparations, Plant Constituents, Plants for Bees – South African Calendar.