I'm berry discouraged
I have planted several plants for winter interest... and they are turning out to be very boring! Why can't I get any berries?!
I have a couple of ilex Winter Reds, with a pollinator about ten feet away (either Jim Dandy or Southern Gentleman, whichever was recommended). The plants are about three years old and 5 to 6 feet tall, in moist soil and part shade. Can it be the "part shade" that's killing me? The plants overall seem happy there otherwise.
I have a serviceberry - or should I just say a service, lol? A Brilliant or Brilliantissima. No berries (second year plant, berries last year when purchased) and quite frankly, not much of a leaf display either, as many leaves are already gone. Perhaps a stressful year for it? In medium to moist soil, part sun/part shade (more sun than shade). I'm as disappointed in the lack of leaf display as I am the lack of berries, as last year it was quite beautiful when I planted it.
I have an ilex Winter Gold, with a pollinator about 20 feet away. Nary a berry. Second year, good moist soil, again, part shade, part sun.
A viburnum Winterthur. I'm thinking the prolem with this may be a pollinator. I did what I thought was thorough research before buying, and didn't think it needed a pollinator, but a search the other day showed some links that said it may be necessary. The shrub itself is doing wonderfully in its spot.
What am I doing wrong? Could it really be the part sun situations? I (again) did research and all seemed to be able to be in a part sun situation; and while the plants themselves all seem to be doing quite well, perhaps "growing" and "thriving and berrying" in part sun/part shade are two different things....
Also, I did think that I saw the beginnings of berries on several of these earlier in the season. Could the birds have eaten everything already? Don't they have to wait till the fruit is ripe? And while I did kind of plant them for the birds as well as myself, is there any way to delay the birds from eating so soon (other than netting)?
I'm really discouraged, especially when I see some of these things on the side of the road in far worse conditions and they seem to be in full beautiful berry throughout the winter.
Thoughts and suggestions please?
P.S. Thank goodness for my callicarpa! The beautiful purple berries make me feel a bit less of a berry failure!