The Blueberries are fruiting here in Amarillo, Texas. I planted five plants in February useing one bag of garden sand, a bale of sphagnum moss, and a liquid soil acidifier called “Soil Acidifier plus Iron” from ferti-lome.” I prepared the planting site about three days in advance, experts advise preparing the area a year in advance. The blueberry plants came from Houston’s Urban Harvest Fruit Tree sale in January 2012. I mulched with pine needles and put 5 or so daffodil bulbs a foot or more from the base of the plant.
Also see this link for choosing blueberries to add to your/our edible landscape: http://www.ediblelandscapingmadeeasy.com/2011/12/14/how-to-pick-a-blueberry-variety-for-your-edible-landscape/
Blueberries like acidic soil, plenty of sun, even moisture, and good drainage. Maintaining an acid soil and even moisture can be made easier and at least more visual by having other acid loving plants to indicate a healthy ecosystems. Below are other acid loving plants which I want to experiment with growing around the blue berries and having an area of acidic plants in the alkaline soils of a typical Amarillo backyard.
Below is a list according to Colorado State University of acid loving plants. Most of the plants are tropical and I am looking for acid loving plants that do well in temperate climates and then zone 7 for Amarillo climate.
PH 4.5 to 5.5
Adiantum Adiantum capillus-veneris Also known as Maiden Hair Fern can grow in our zone 7, does require shade and moisture
Aloe, Aloe! is a wonderful medicinal and useful plant to grow for skin and body health.
Aurucaria – Norfolk Pine
Epiphyllum Also known as ‘orchid cactus’ is in the cactus family and produces a fragrant flower that flowers for one night only and an edible fruit. Wikipedia link
Maranta Arrowroot can be processed from the roots of the these plants. Wikipedia link
Pellaea – a fern
Primula is the genus of plants which includes primrose, and several kinds of butterfly larvae eat the leaves, primerose are some of the first flowers to come out in the spring and like filtered light. finding a plant for zone 7 seem like a great idea!
Saxifraga is a plant typical to temperate climates, like alpine climates, and maybe medicinal for kidney stones.
Zygocactus also known as the ‘Christmas Cactus’ is a genus in the cactus family
I remember passion fruits growing their vines up the southern high bush blueberries in Summertown, Tennessee. The passion flower is also used in teas as a sleeping/dreaming aid. I will have to get some seeds to grow and try on the blueberries here.