container gardening berry plants
Hi there. I'm asking for advice concerning raspberries and blackberries. I live in a town home and I have a patio outback that gets full sun, but unfortunately do not have a single square inch of earth to my name. While I don't think my landlords would be adverse to me putting in a few perennial bulbs, I think they'd get cranky if I tried to stick some berry bushes out back. :) All of the research I've done so far indicates that most, if not all, of the berry plants can be successfully container grown. One site elaborated, saying that raspberries and their cousins were a little more challenging than something like a blueberry, but that's not the point. If it can be done, I'm willing to try. So basically, I understand that these plants need loads of room. I was thinking recycling a tub or something similar might successfully house four plants but I'd love more suggestions if you have them. I understand these plants require good drainage and more basic soil. For the record, I'm in zone 8b (coastal Southeast). Also, while the plants are growing to a mature form, what are some good decorative plants that won't compete for space with these guys? Blooms don't matter as long as they have pretty foliage. Thanks for any help.