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?
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. ;~/