My garden is in the Mississippi River valley and is bordering zones 4 and 5. I planted Bearberry years ago to provide textural variety next to my "Montgomery" Spruce and Miscanthus grass as a ground cover. It is planted on a small hill in sandy soil and receives sun most of the day. This plant has it all: Dainty whitish pink flowers in May, beautiful small lustrous leaves, red berries late summer and evergreen foliage in winter. Best of all....it is tough as nails. It has thrived in droughts, cold winters, hot summers and I have long wondered why more nurseries don't promote this well-behaved plant.
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