Part of the Vaccinium genus, which also includes cranberries and bilberries, these acid-loving soft fruit bushes became very popular 15 years ago as a ‘superfood’, and remain an integral part of any soft fruit garden. Highly productive, very hardy and easy to look after (as long as they are grown in acidic soil), there are now a huge range of varieties which vary slightly in height and cropping period. You will need to have two different varieties to ensure good pollination, but you will be richly rewarded.
If you don’t have naturally acidic soil, grow in pots using ericaceous compost and water with rainwater. For a more in depth look, check out our guide here: A Guide to Growing Blueberries