Strawberries as a ground cover in Helen’s Haven

Posted by on May 23, 2012

Everybody loves strawberries, right?  Vine ripened fruit, at the peak of freshness, knows no substitute.  During a recent conversation with a friend, I mentioned putting in 40 ever-blooming strawberry plants.  She remarked, “I hope you plan to preserve because that’s a lot of strawberries.”  But in fact, I had another reason in mind. I’m not an urban farmer; I’m a wildlife gardener. I wanted to experiment with adding strawberries as a native ground cover.

During my spring lawn reducing event that came about while straightening out the curved edges, I planned on adding more perennial ground cover.  In other ground cover areas, I’ve planted various sedum or Rubus, but this time I wanted to see how a fruit would do; one that would also benefit the wildlife.

 

Strawberries are beautiful plants.  With white flowers and red fruit, my little experiment was a huge success.  I had plenty to share with the wildlife and the newly exposed ground area was quickly covered with a wonderful plant.  Have you considered planting strawberries for reasons other than harvesting?

 

Postscript

 

I recently attended the P. Allen Smith Garden2Blog event in Little Rock, AK. Although the trip was paid for, in part, by their sponsor Bonnie Plants, Bonnie Plants did not ask me to write this nor did they provide the plants; I bought them my ownself.  ;~/

 

 


4 Responses to “Strawberries as a ground cover in Helen’s Haven”

  1. This is an interesting take on strawberries. I like it since, for my garden needs, it seems like it would tempt the wildlife away from my garden so maybe I could have some of the produce I grow. Now you’ve got me thinking…

  2. HelenYoest says:

    Glad I got you thinking, Modern Mia Gardening. I like that I get to feed the wildlife and have a pretty ground cover. H.

  3. We’ve successfully used our native wild strawberry (F. virginiana) as an informal ground cover in woodland areas of our garden (they don’t produce any fruit in the shade, however!)

    I love your idea of using a cultivated variety — I’ve incorporated some into a perennial border, and they’ve done well, too. Just like yours, they’re attractive and feed wildlife, too. And, I was just reminded of your post by seeing a patch of strawberries next to the front walk of a local house, looking quite robust and attractive.

  4. Julie says:

    Helen, I’ve incorporated fraise des bois in most of our beds, and the results are lovely. Evergreen foliage, adorable flowers, and best of all–the sweetest garden snacks all summer! I’ve even added them to containers as “fillers.” We also have several beds with the more typical “June bearing” varieties, and while the season is short-lived for fruit–the beds still look attractive year-round. So glad your experiment was a success! Enjoyed meeting you at the Fling!

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